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He says he's "not actively seeking it" and hasn't launched a formal campaign, but Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper is interested in the appointment to fill the term of Sen. Ken Salazar, who is stepping down to become the interior secretary, The Denver Post's Chris Osher reports Tuesday. Hickenlooper told the Post he has had one "formal discussion" about the vacancy with Gov. Bill Ritter, who has said he plans to name a replacement for Salazar quickly.
Rep. Ed Perlmutter is winning the race to fill the Senate vacancy opened by Sen. Ken Salazar's move to secretary of Interior, at least on the social-networking site Facebook. A group supporting Perlmutter — When I say Senator, you say PERLMUTTER! — counts 186 members at noon Monday, slightly ahead of another group backing outgoing House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, ** Andrew Romanoff ** for Senate 08, which had 181 members at the same time.
Two of the leading contenders to fill Ken Salazar's Senate seat perform better against potential Republican opponents than Salazar himself, according to a poll released Friday. "Could Ken Salazar's move from the Senate to Interior Secretary actually be a good thing for Colorado Democrats?" Public Policy Polling's Tom Jenson asks, pointing to results that show Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and Salazar's older brother John, who represents the 3rd Congressional District, scoring higher than the sitting senator in hypothetical match-ups with potential GOP candidates in the 2010 election.
Outgoing House Speaker Andrew Romanoff comes out on top, followed by fellow Denver Democrats U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette and Mayor John Hickenlooper in preliminary results from an online poll asking who should replace U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, who plans to give up his seat to become the secretary of the interior.
Public Policy Polling adds more grist to the mill with a survey of Coloradans preferences among the potential candidates to succeed U.S. Senator Ken Salazar who was tapped to become secretary of the Interior by President-elect Barack Obama Wednesday.
Tuesday morning, at least a dozen Democrats looked in the mirror and saw the next U.S. senator from Colorado. Trouble is, all but one of them were seeing things. With the announcement the state's senior senator is President-elect Barack Obama's pick to be the next secretary of interior, it falls on Gov. Bill Ritter to name Sen. Ken Salazar's replacement. Within hours of news leaking that Salazar would give up his Senate seat, the names of prominent — and not-so-prominent — Democrats emerged. Some are serious contenders, some would be top picks under different circumstances, and a few, like Academy Award hopefuls, are happy just to be nominated.
Where’s the Colorado beef? The Centennial State delivered victory to Barack Obama, and for weeks tongues have been a’wagging over cabinet appointments. It’s Bill Ritter this, Ken Salazar that, Federico Pena, well duh. (And pssst… Bernie Buescher has made it clear he’s up for just about anything…) But so far for Colorado, nada. But wait! Can it be … John Hickenlooper for Transportation? Or maybe Housing?
Now that the election is over, it’s apparently time to hunker down with immigration. And who better to do that but a group that, on its face, will bring every imaginable perspective to the table? We’re talking Polly Baca to Pete Coors; Kay Norton to John Hickenlooper; Bill Ritter to Bill Owens.