Only months ago, term-limited State House Rep. Larry Liston was looking forward to a future full of not representing the people from El Paso County in Denver. Then, through the miracle of re-apportionment, he was drawn into a state Senate district with no incumbent.
Today, the Republican picked up the endorsement of the state's attorney general, John Suthers.
Liston is running in a primary against Owen Hill, who you'll recall narrowly lost a Senate bid to Senate Majority Leader John Morse two elections ago.
While this isn't as "wild" an endorsement as Liston's used to, it's still pretty notable.
From Suthers' release:
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers endorses state Rep. Larry Liston as an experienced, proven leader who will best represent constituents in Senate District 10.
“I highly recommend Larry Liston for Senate District 10. I have known and worked personally with Larry as a Representative on issues facing our state,” said Suthers.
Attorney General Suthers will join Liston at his official Senate campaign announcement Saturday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m. in the Centennial Banquet Hall at Sky Sox Stadium.
“Larry has the proven leadership and experience to find solutions by talking with constituents, business owners, state legislators and state departments,” declared Suthers.
“We need Larry’s conservative, thoughtful and courageous leadership to help steer Colorado through these troubled waters of federal government intervention and tough economic times.”
Suthers said the voters in Senate District 10 will best be served by “Larry Liston’s proven leadership.”
Rep. Liston, R-Colorado Springs, has represented House District 16 since 2005, and currently serves as the Chairman of the House Economic and Business Development. The legislator has also served on the State, Veteran and Military Affairs Committee since 2005.
“I am honored to earn the endorsement of Attorney General John Suthers, who I hold in high esteem for his unfailing commitment to uphold and defend our rights under the state Constitution and United States Constitution,” said Rep. Liston.
Liston has continuously communicated with stakeholders and worked diligently to craft legislation that solves problems. In response to a dire situation, Liston worked with Suthers on the passage of HB08-1115, a law that protects judges from third party threats of intimidation and retaliation.
In 2010, Liston received the Colorado Civil Justice League’s “Common Sense in the Courtroom” award for the third time, and was named Legislator of the Year by the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce
A proven conservative leader, Liston has fought for gun rights, states’ rights, unborn children and free enterprise, and against state government overspending and taxing.
“I am committed to continuing my efforts to improve our economy and help businesses provide quality jobs for our citizens,” declared Liston.