With Democratic Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter announcing today that he will not seek re-election, there has been much buzz about whether Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, a former Colorado Senator, will seek the seat. And what this may mean for Colorado politics.
The Denver Post is reporting that sources tell them that the “White House would not object if Interior Secretary Ken Salazar chose to resign his cabinet post and run for Colorado governor.”
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about this at the briefing today. “I think Secretary Salazar is, again, a friend of the president’s,” Gibbs said. “They came to the Senate at the same time. We think he’s doing valuable work, and I do not believe he’s had a conversation with him recently about politics.”
A senior administration official tells ABC News “we wouldn’t stop him from running, but he isn’t being encouraged either.”
There’s another way to look at this all.
Some Democrats see a silver lining to embattled Sen. Chris Dodd’s retirement announcement today, since it may set the stage for popular Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumental to win the seat.
With either Salazar or Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper as the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Democrats feel good about their chances to win the governor’s seat in November 2010 in a way they hadn’t with Ritter.