Rhode Island transplant Steve Laffey is Hickenlooper’s first serious GOP challenger

FOX31 Denver

DENVER — If Colorado Republicans are looking for a fresh face to take on Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper next year, one of them just appeared.

Out of nowhere.

Well, Rhode Island, really.

Steve Laffey, a former mayor and GOP Senate candidate who moved to Colorado just three years ago, has filed papers to run for governor in 2014.

Laffey’s campaign manager, Patrick Davis, began dropping hints on Facebook Monday night. Laffey, 51, officially announced his campaign Tuesday morning on the Amy Oliver Show.

“You can talk to people who knew me back in Rhode Island and in Memphis and they may not all like me, but no one will tell you I won’t run things efficiently,” Laffey told FOX31 Denver Tuesday afternoon. “No one will tell you I won’t bring leadership.”

Able to self-fund his campaign early on, Laffey is the first serious candidate to enter what could be a…

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