Representative Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., is considering a re-election run for his seat, which would represent a turnaround from when he said he'd leave the 7th Congressional District to pursue a bid for governor.
However, that gubernatorial bid was short lived, as Perlmutter quickly dropped out after Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., also announced his intentions to be Colorado's next governor. And Polis was bringing his own money to the race, which forced the quick dropout by Perlmutter.
If Perlmutter were to run for re-election, it could create problems for Democrats in a district considered to contain important swing demographics. After he announced his gubernatorial bid in April, several other Dems in the district were quick to announce they'd be running to fill Perlmutter's shoes.
Colorado Politics reported several anonymous sources told them about Perlmutter's potential change of heart.
"Some speculated that Perlmutter felt pressured to say he would not run for re-election when he dropped out of the governor's race," the site reported.
Perlmutter was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the Democratic "wave" year of 2006, and has consistently fought off some of the best Republican challengers despite the fact that the district was drawn to be somewhat competitive, and certainly can't be described as a safe district at least when compared to others in the state.
Polis represents many of Colorado's mountain counties, as well as Boulder, a Democratic stronghold, and his entry into the governor's race shifted the playing field significantly because of the congressman's net worth, and because he's also been very willing to spend liberally on campaigns, his own and for others.
Colorado's governorship is an open race in 2018, because the incumbent, John Hickenlooper, is term limited. Hickenlooper, meanwhile, has been making numerous media appearances with Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich talking about healthcare in recent months, and Hickenlooper is sometimes mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2020.