Breaking news: another Democrat bows out

| January 6, 2010

Governor Bill Ritter (D-Colorado), who has been trailing in polls against potential Republican challengers for his re-election this fall, has decided not to run at all, according to this morning’s Denver Post:

Ritter told other Democrats the job was taking a toll on his family and he could not be successful as a father and husband while running for governor, according to those briefed on the calls. Ritter has one school-age child living with him and wife Jeannie in the Governor’s Residence. Three others are grown or in college but still nearby. . . .

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette announced they would call a meeting of Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation, along with Colorado Democratic Party chair Pat Waak, for 1 p.m. today to “discuss how to go forward as a party.” . . .

Colorado Republican Party chairman Dick Wadhams said Ritter’s sluggish polling numbers, added to the troubles Democrats are having on the national stage, posed an uphill battle for the incumbent. He said the state has reversed course from 2008, when it hosted the Democratic National Convention.

“Colorado is a far cry from that heady night at Invesco Field in August 2008 from what it is today,” Wadhams said. “Just a little over a year later you’ve got a Democratic incumbent governor cutting and running from office. You’ve got an incumbent Democratic senator who is being challenged by another Democrat.”

Sean Duffy, spokesman for McInnis, said Ritter had looked increasingly weak in recent months while [former U.S. Representative Scott] McInnis’ polling numbers continued to rise.

Should be an interesting fall.  ..bruce w..

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