DENVER-- Former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff
minutes ago announced
that he was rededicated to his primary campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet. He told a crowd of roughly sixty people gathered outside his campaign headquarters here that he called this fraught press conference only to "clear the air," explaining that he had received hundreds of emails and phone calls over the past week urging him to drop his Senate bid to run for governor in the wake of news that Gov. Bill Ritter would not seek a second term
. Politics watchers in the state expected he might declare that he planned to run as lieutenant governor on a ticket topped by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper
. Romanoff sought to put an end to any speculation along those lines.
"I am running for U.S. Senate," he said. "I will not accept any other job offers."