Yesterday we had the opportunity to sit down with Jared Polis, an openly gay candidate who recently won the Democratic primary in the 2nd Congressional District in Colorado, in a tough campaign against another gay ally, Joan Fitz-Gerald.
If Polis should win in November against Republican challenger Scott Starin, he would become the sixth openly gay person to serve in the U.S. House, filling the seat of Rep. Mark Udall, who is running for the Senate. The Victory Fund calls it all but certain that he’ll be elected in November, as the Democratic nominee in a heavily Democratic district.
Towleroad’s Corey Johnson spoke with Polis in the Big Tent, which opened yesterday and was humming with activity as a center for new media journalists, bloggers, reporters, and non-profit leaders attending Denver’s convention.
Polis spoke to us about his tough campaign and some of the things he looks forward to should he become the first openly gay man elected to the House as a freshman.