Former candidate Miles promoted for Colorado Senate seat
Aspen, CO Colorado
DENVER ” Add former U.S. Senate candidate Mike Miles to the list of people being suggested as a replacement for Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar.
Gov. Bill Ritter will appoint a replacement for Salazar, who’s been nominated as Interior secretary by President-elect Barack Obama. Salazar is a Democrat.
The Senate will consider his nomination.
Miles, a school superintendent in Colorado Springs, beat out Salazar at the state Democratic convention in 2004 for top-line position on the ballot, but lost in the primary.
Miles’ supporters have launched a campaign, with his blessing, to lobby Ritter to appoint Miles to serve the remaining two years of Salazar’s term.
Miles, though, said he has no illusions about his chances.
“My sense is that Ritter will be looking to who can keep the seat in 2010 and who would help him get re-elected in 2010,” Miles wrote to supporters.
During his campaign, Miles opposed the Iraq war and championed universal health care.
Ritter is taking suggestions from the public about a replacement via an e-mail address: ussenate.commentsstate.co.us
Two of Colorado’s Democratic members of Congress ” Rep. Diana DeGette of Denver and Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Denver’s western suburbs ” have publicly expressed interest in the job.
Others who’ve been mentioned for the position are Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, term-limited State House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, Rep. John Salazar of western Colorado, Ken Salazar’s brother, and Henry Solano, former U.S. attorney in Colorado.
State Treasurer Cary Kennedy withdrew her name Monday from consideration for the Senate seat. Kennedy, the mother of two young children, said in a wrtten statement that she is focused on her family and “providing sound financial management for our state during these turbulent economic times.”
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