‘Bachelor’ Star Ben Higgins May Go From Roses To Republican Political Run

Victoria Miller

Ben Higgins' first post-Bachelor project is not what fans expected. While Higgins didn't sign on to Dancing With the Stars or write a tell-all book like many fellow Bachelor alums have done, the 28-year-old North Denver resident is seriously considering a run on the Republican ticket for the House District 4 seat held by House Speaker Dan Pabon, according to the Colorado Statesman.

Ben Higgins reportedly met with GOP power brokers in the district last week, and he was accompanied by political consultant Dustin Olson. The general consensus is that Higgins would make a strong candidate for the seat.

"I am very impressed with Ben," Pinkston wrote in an email obtained by the Statesman. "Super great guy. I think he would be a very strong HD4 candidate and will support him."

"We have to continue to keep this a secret because it's not official yet and Dustin wants to make sure the press doesn't catch wind of anything," Pinkston added.

But Ben Higgins now seems ready to talk politics. Not only has he launched a website to let potential supporters know about his decision to run, but the former Bachelor star confirmed to the Colorado Independent that he is seriously considering the run for state legislature.

"I definitely plan on stepping aside," Pinkston said when asked what he'd do if Higgins decides to get in the race. "I'd be happy to."

Pinkston called Higgins "likely the only other Republican who can win" in the Democrat-heavy urban Denver district, adding, "He's got name recognition … we'd love to support him since he wants to run and is capable."

While Ben Higgins said in a statement that he is "definitely not a politician," he explained that he feels he has plenty to offer due to his many years in the financial services industry and work he has done with charities and organizations like Humanity and Hope United Foundation and the Baker Youth Club, which was featured on one of his dates with Lauren Bushnell on The Bachelor.

Ben Higgins has already been receiving guidance on state-level politics and policy from local heavy hitters. Independence Institute's Jon Caldara even joked about advising Higgins.

"The bargain is that if I help him with policy, he helps me with dating advice," Caldara said.

Attorney Dan Pabon is seeking his fourth term representing HD 4, and for his past two bids he has won reelection by huge margins. But Pabon's recent DUI arrest could change all that, especially when he's up against a popular ABC reality star like Ben Higgins.

As for Higgins, Colorado voters will likely see him on the ballot soon, and if he takes ABC up on their offer to foot the bill for his wedding to Bushnell, that event could play out on TV in the future.

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