Former ambassador aims to be first out gay U.S. senator
DENVER — Dan Baer, who served as ambassador for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe during the Obama administration, could be the first gay U.S. Senator.
The first LGBTQ and first lesbian senator is Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. Kristen Sinema of Arizona is the first bisexual person to serve in the Senate.
Denver TV station 9News reported on Tuesday that, Baer will try to replace U.S. Senator Cory Gardner if he wins the election.
Baer also attempted a Congressional run in 2017 but ultimately withdrew when fellow Democrat, Representative Ed Perlmutter, decided to keep his seat in Colorado’s 7th District in 2017. This time, he says, he wants to combine his experience from overseas and his Colorado upbringing to stand out in the field of Democrats, and then take down Gardner in 2020.
“It’s hard to tell where Cory Gardner ends and Donald Trump begins these days because Cory Gardner has been doing Donald Trump’s bidding for the last few years,” he said. “I think we should fire Cory Gardner, and I look forward to making that case.”
Baer was born in Denver. He grew up in Littleton and Golden. He says it was during his time in Vienna, while working for Obama, that he decided to get involved in Colorado politics.
“After the Trump election, my husband turned to me and said, ‘Look, the values that we care about in the world are most under threat at home, and we should move home and be on the side of good things happening,’” he said.
Baer is in the mold of less-ideologically strident candidates who have foreign policy or military experience. Democrats ran them en-masse in 2018, including Colorado Congressman Jason Crow, who defeated Republican Mike Coffman.
The governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, is the first out gay man to be elected governor in the United States.