QUIDNUNC: Crisanta Duran launches political drama no one has been waiting for


Quidnunc, whose name comes from the Latin  “what now,” is out and about as often as possible  to bring you news overheard in elevators,  rest rooms and spied in various e-mail boxes.

QUID HAS HEARD that if you haven’t heard of Crisanta Duran, oh well. Seems that the former Democratic House Speaker was hardly a household name for regular folks even before she decided to run for U.S. Senate against the very nervous GOP incumbent Cory Gardner. After flailing and failing for attention there, she surprised Denver Democrats by announcing she no longer wants to go after one of Colorado’s most hounded Republicans and instead wants to go after one of the state’s most demure Democrats, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette. Who? She’s the below-the-radar, long-time Dem congresswoman representing Denver. Once the seat of the never-demure Pat Schroeder, DeGette has kept a low profile for about two decades. The faithful Dem was shocked like most of those living in the Colorado Dem universe when Duran announced she was going to take on DeGette in a primary because, ummm, because she thought it would be a good idea to, ummm, to challenge a faithful and stalwart Dem because, well, it’s actually unclear why exactly she decided to do this, or what she would do that DeGette doesn’t already. What is clear is that there hasn’t exactly been a outpouring of support or a groundswell of demand for a candidate to seek out a race nobody pays attention to. The topic came up among a group of Denver do-gooders trying to prepare for a summer-filled with helping homeless people, hungry people, brown people and people who can’t exactly tell officials what kind of passport they can carry. “I guess there’s nothing Republican left to run for in Colorado,” one wag said.