Salazar reportedly declines run for governor’s office, endorses Hickenlooper
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a prepared statement Thursday that he won’t seek the Colorado governor’s office being vacated by Gov. Bill Ritter at the end of the year, instead opting to stay in the Obama cabinet and endorsing Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper in the gubernatorial race.
The Denver Post reported Hickenlooper had not yet been reached for comment by late Thursday morning, but that the popular Democratic mayor said at a press conference Wednesday he would wait on Salazar’s decision before making his own call on whether to run against Republican front-runner and former six-term congressman Scott McInnis.
“Colorado needs a strong, experienced leader with optimism and new ideas for carrying our state forward. That is why I am endorsing John Hickenlooper for Governor of Colorado. John Hickenlooper is a uniter. He transcends political and geographic divides to bring people together to develop solutions. If he decides to run, he will make an excellent Governor for the State of Colorado,” Salazar said in a release.
Got a tip? Freelance story pitch? Send us an e-mail. Follow The Colorado Independent on Twitter.
Like this story? Steal it! Feel free to republish it in part or in full, just please give credit to The Colorado Independent and add a link to the original.
News Literacy Project event: Concerned about online misinformation? The lack of news literacy? You can make a difference by participating in this free workshop! After […]Read More
The Home Front: Trump administration would allow drilling in Colorado ‘next to some of the nation’s most pristine wilderness and headwaters’
“From a small plane circling over secluded grassy meadows and Sangre de Cristo Mountain spires, politicians and conservationists on Friday will see the stakes as […]Read More