If you’re Chris Hansen, where’s Sen. Cory Gardner?

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Yuma Republican, and his chief of staff, Chris Hansen. (Facebook)
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Yuma Republican, and his chief of staff, Chris Hansen. (Facebook)

Meet Chris Hansen, the chief of staff for Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner. Meet Chris Hansen, one of three Democrats running for a Denver state House seat.

The two Chris Hansens have never met but their paths have crossed for more than a year.

When candidate Chris Hansen showed up at the Denver Rustlers lunch on Sept. 1  guests peppered him with questions and comments. “Wait, you’re not the Chris Hansen I know!” and “I thought Cory’s chief of staff would be here when I saw your name on the list.”

It’s happened at other events, too, where both Republicans and Democrats are in the crowd.

Chief of Staff Chris Hansen knows the feeling. He opened up his Facebook page last year to find he had been “tagged” in a post by DA candidate Michael Carrigan as attending an event where Betsy Markey, a Democrat running for state treasurer, “gave great remarks about her race.”

“Wrong Chris Hansen,” Chris Hansen wrote on Facebook. “A very wrong Chris Hansen, since I’m actually Cory’s campaign manager. Looks like a fun event though.”

“It was,” Carrigan replied. “Should have brought Cory!”

Democrats Michael Carrigan and Chris Hansen, at a campaign event in 2014 The wrong Chris Hansen got tagged in a Facebook post. (Carrigan Facebook photo)
Democrats Michael Carrigan and Chris Hansen, at an event in 2014 The wrong Chris Hansen got tagged in a Facebook post. (Facebook)

Candidate Chris said he would like to meet chief of staff Chris some day.

Chris Hansen, the candidate, is one of three Denver Democrats running for the seat now held by Rep. Lois Court, D-Denver, who is term limited. Also running are Michele Fry and Jeff Hart. Court hosted the House District wine and cheese party attended by Markey, Carrigan and others.

Court is one of three candidates running for the state Senate seat now held by Democrat Pat Steadman, who also is term limited. Also running for his seat are Erin Bennett and Steve Sherick.

Steadman is hosting a town hall featuring all three candidates. It will be held at the Eisenhower Chapel at Lowry, 293 Roslyn St., on Oct. 5. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., the event starts at 7 p.m., and it ends at 8:30 p.m., Steadman said.