The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Mark K. Matthews

wash­ing­ton» The crowded Repub­li­can field for U.S. Se­nate in Colorado is get­ting an­other can­di­date— Jack Gra­ham, a for­mer busi­ness­man and ex- di­rec­tor of ath­let­ics at Colorado State Univer­sity.

Spec­u­la­tion about the in­tent of the for­mer Rams quar­ter­back has been cir­cu­lat­ing for weeks, and Gra­ham is mak­ing it of­fi­cial through a se­ries of ma­jor moves.

He’s ready­ing the pe­ti­tion process to get on the bal­lot while hir­ing Dick Wad­hams — the for­mer chair­man of the state Repub­li­can Party— as his cam­paign man­ager.

Most sig­nif­i­cantly, Gra­ham has pumped $ 1 mil­lion of his own money into his cam­paign ac­count, Wad­hams said.

“He is a very for­mi­da­ble in­di­vid­ual,” said Wad­hams, who ar­gued Gra­ham’s back­ground out­side pol­i­tics was an as­set.

“He’s never run for political of­fice be­fore,” Wad­hams said. “And I think that’s an at­tribute in this ( anti- es­tab­lish­ment) en­vi­ron­ment.”

More than a dozen GOP can­di­dates are seek­ing the chance to chal­lenge the Demo­cratic in­cum­bent, U.S. Sen. Michael Ben­net, who has com­piled a siz­able war chest.

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