Romanoff seeks end to White House jobs discussion

DENVER– Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Andrew Romanoff this morning refused to answer questions about the Obama administration’s efforts to keep him out of the Senate race.

At a campaign appearance that drew more members of the press than of the public, he dodged questions on the topic of his job negotiations with the administration more than a year ago and steered the conversation toward the economy, renewable energy, and the Gulf oil spill.

Prior to speaking at the campaign event at a Denver Café, he met with the press on the sidewalk.

“I don’t know how you guys can hold your heads high,” he began, disappointed with the flap that has followed the jobs discussion.

He referred questioners to the statement he released yesterday, while repeating a few of his official statements on the matter.

He said he only released the statement because of “misinformation that had filled the void. I do not want to politicize the matter,” he said.

Asked if he considered the communication about jobs to be a bribe or to be unethical in any way, he declined to answer. Asked if he thought Governor Bill Ritter or U.S. Senator Michael Bennet–whom he is running against for the nomination—knew about the administration’s discussions with him, he refused to answer other than to refer people to yesterday’s statement.

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Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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