The Senate Republicans’ fundraising gala tonight featured the usual mix of lawyers, lobbyists and lawmakers but tonight there was an added ingredient: a bit of history.
Former Gov. Bill Owens, whose lengthy political career included a stint in the state Senate, was present as were three former GOP Senate minority or majority leaders: Norma Anderson of Lakewood, Mark Hillman of Burlington and Mike Kopp of Littleton.
All left their mark on the Senate.
“It’s good to see so many people,” said Anderson, who posed with plenty of folks who wanted a picture with her.
The House Republicans also held their fundraiser Tuesday night, and several of those lawmakers wandered over to the Senate soiree at The Cable Center when party ended nearby. Democrats in the House and Senate held their fundraisers Monday night.
Once the session begins Wednesday, lawmakers cannot accept donations. The ban continues until the session ends in May.
Senate President Bill Cadman of Colorado Springs, who is serving his final term, introduced his caucus members and 2016 Senate candidates in a speech that was pure Cadman, billed as the guy who’s funnier than Bill Murray. (He’s not — no one is — but at times he comes pretty close.)
The event was organized by the Westbrooke Group (where do they get those Colorado cookies?).
Among the Senate candidates in attendance were Benjamin Lyng, former Rep. Bob Gardner and Rep. Kevin Priola.