by Anthony Lane
Though rumblings persist that former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff might still be considering a run for governor, Democratic leaders are taking steps to form a tight protective ring around Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, who became the presumptive nominee when he announced his candidacy earlier this week.
Treasurer Cary Kennedy, whose work experience includes a stint as as Romanoff's policy director before she was elected to state office in 2006, has already announced her support for Hickenlooper.
When Governor Ritter decided against running for reelection, my number one concern was how we could replace his leadership, experience and passion.
Yesterday, that answer came in the form of John Hickenlooper.
John not only brings considerable business experience to this race, he has demonstrated an extraordinary ability to attract new businesses and bring innovative companies and high-paying jobs to our state. This is exactly the type of leader we need today in Colorado. John Hickenlooper will open the doors of entrepreneurism throughout our state by attracting new investments to forward-thinking businesses and communities.
I look forward to serving with John Hickenlooper as a partner and working to solve Colorado's most pressing challenges.
It looks at this point like the Democratic Party's gear shift after Bill Ritter pulled out of the governor's race could be relatively swift and painless, with most of the major players staying put or getting anointed to a new spot. Only Romanoff, who who was term-limited from office in 2008 and is now challenging U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in the party's primary, seems to be somewhat left out.