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District attorney drops out of the race for Congress

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Martin Beeson, a Republican, said Thursday he was suspending his campaign to unseat incumbent Democrat John Salazar from Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.

“Victory is within reach in 2010,” said Beeson. “By ‘victory’ I do not mean a selfish, narrow, personal pursuit of power – that’s what the other side is all about.”

In a prepared statement, Beeson said he is stepping aside to avoid conflicts with the candidacy of Cortez businessman, and fellow Republican, Scott Tipton.

Tipton, a Colorado state representative, entered the race on Nov. 17.

“The central idea of my campaign since its inception has been, and continues to be, victory of the kind that best serves the people of this district, and that I must do everything in my power to secure this victory,” the statement says. “In my view, a primary campaign between Republican candidates who believe in the same fundamental truths, and who have the very best interests of the voters of the Third District as their first and only objective, will place this victory at risk.”

Beeson called Tipton “a solid, reliable and respected member of our community … [he] has my full support.

“It is now time for me to focus on representing the people of the 9th Judicial District as district attorney,” Beeson concluded. The district includes Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties.

Tipton, a Cortez pottery store owner, challenged Salazar in 2006 but lost 146,488 to 86,930.

Also in the race is Bob McConnell, a retired lawyer and Army officer from Steamboat Springs.

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