Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet unveiled a list Wednesday of more than 100 business executives who are supporting him, including several who have been prominent backers of Republican office-seekers in the past.
The group — which includes officials in industries ranging from telecom to health care to energy — represents an effort by Bennet to flex his bipartisan chops and try to erode the Republican-leaning business base that has been key to electing statewide GOP office-holders in the past.
The effort comes as the eight-year incumbent enters the home stretch of his race against Republican challenger Darryl Glenn, an attorney and El Paso County commissioner.
Some of the names on the list are unsurprising long-time Democratic supporters, from New Belgium Brewing Co. co-founder Kim Jordan to Hogan Lovells, regional managing partner Cole Finegan, to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, a former brewery and restaurant owner. But others show that Bennet has crossed the partisan divide to reel in some of his business supporters.