Ritter Passes on Re-election


Governor Ritter today, formally announced that he was not planning on seeking re-election in 2010 at a press conference at the State Capitol. He assured Coloradans that he planned to finish his term in office.

Though many speculated as to the reason for the decision, he sighted family issues as the reason for his decision to bow out at the end of his only term in office.

“Over the past years, but particularly over this last year, I have attempted to balance many roles in my life. I have been the governor, I have been a candidate for re-election, and I have also been a husband and a father,” he said. “This will allow me to take care of my family and to take care of the state of Colorado.”

He dismissed the idea that weak poll numbers influenced his decision, and said he was satisfied with fund-raising progress. Instead, he said it was an “intensely personal” decision based solely on the needs of his wife and four children.

His decision to end his run for re-election was leaked to the press last night. This is the first public statement the Governor has made on the news.

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The conversation is now moving towards the potential candidates to fill the 2010 democrat ticket. The front runners seem to be Seceratary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. President Obama today released a statement praising Governor Ritter and also saying that his administration would not object if Mr. Salazar chose to run for the position.

According to sources with knowledge of the conversations, Salazar was encouraged by the White House to remain in the administration, citing an agenda on climate change and retooling energy policy. But administration officials said they would support him if he felt it was in the best interests of the party and the state to return to Colorado.

Salazar declined to comment on his plans in a conference call with reporters this morning, instead choosing to praise Ritter for his service.

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Governor Ritter today, formally announced that he was not planning on seeking re-election in 2010 at a press conference at the State Capitol. He assured Coloradans that he planned to finish his term in office.

Though many speculated as to the reason for the decision, he sighted family issues as the reason for his decision to bow out at the end of his only term in office.

“Over the past years, but particularly over this last year, I have attempted to balance many roles in my life. I have been the governor, I have been a candidate for re-election, and I have also been a husband and a father,” he said. “This will allow me to take care of my family and to take care of the state of Colorado.”


He dismissed the idea that weak poll numbers influenced his decision, and said he was satisfied with fund-raising progress. Instead, he said it was an “intensely personal” decision based solely on the needs of his wife and four children.


His decision to end his run for re-election was leaked to the press last night. This is the first public statement the Governor has made on the news.

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