Steve Laffey Running for Governor in Colorado

May 21, 2013

Former Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey, who had a meteoric rise in Rhode Island politics before losing a Republican primary challenge to then-US Senator Lincoln Chafee in 2006, is headed toward a GOP run for governor in his adopted state of Colorado.

Via KDVR (h/t Kathy Gregg):

Laffey’s campaign manager, Patrick Davis, began dropping hints on Facebook Monday night. Laffey is expected to officially announce his campaign Tuesday morning on the Amy Oliver Show.

Able to self-fund his campaign early, Laffey is the first serious candidate to enter what could be a crowded primary field, with GOP Chairman Ryan Call telling FOX31 Denver Monday that he expects at least five candidates to vie for the party’s nomination next year.

However many Republicans decide to take a shot at defeating [incubment Democrat John] Hickenlooper, it’s a good bet that Laffey will be the most liberal — the most similar to Hickenlooper himself, actually — of the bunch.

Laffey has focused on raising animals and making a documentary during his early years in Colorado.

Laffey ran from the center during his 2006 primary with Chafee, but lost decisively, 54 percent to 46 percent, including in his own ward in his native Cranston.