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Colorado’s Republican AG won’t run for Senate, governor

Karen E. Crummy
The Denver Post

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers pulled himself out of both the U.S. Senate race and the gubernatorial contest next year, announcing today that he would instead seek re-election.

Suthers said in a statement he considered running for both governor against Bill Ritter and the senate seat held now by Michael Bennet. But as the sole Republican holding statewide office, which would leave him without GOP heavy hitters to assist in fundraising and campaigning, either race would take him away from his duties as attorney general, he said.

“I realize the decision I’ve made will be disappointing to many Republicans and friends and acquaintances of mine that wanted me to run for Governor or for the United States Senate in 2010 and that it may be disappointing to many Democrats who thought I’d be easy prey if I did,” he said. “But I hope everyone will understand that such decisions have to be made on the basis of very personal values and beliefs. I must ultimately be directed by my inner compass.”

Last month, Suthers said he would not seek re-election, focussing instead on the Senate race.

Suthers’ withdrawal leaves former Congressman Scott McGinnis and Colorado U.S. Attorney Troy Eid as likely Republican candidates to take on Bennet, who was appointed to the senate seat by Ritter and was sworn-in last week.

Eid said earlier this month that he intended to run for Attorney General.

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