LONGMONT, COLO. (AP) -- Colorado Senate President Brandon Shaffer says he'll remain President while he challenges Republican Congressman Cory Gardner next year.
The Democrat said Tuesday that he decided to run against Gardner because he thinks Washington needs a more congenial tone.
Shaffer says Gardner has spent too much time in Washington, even though Gardner is serving his first term.
Shaffer pointed out that Gardner had worked in Washington before being elected to congress
and before serving in the state legislature.
Shaffer announced his expected candidacy on Youtube on Monday.
Shaffer is a real estate attorney living in Longmont who has been in the senate since 2004.
He became president of the chamber in 2009.
Shaffer and Gardner were law school classmates at the University of Colorado.
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