Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton has announced that she will not be a candidate for governor in 2006. Here's the statement:
"I have greatly enjoyed serving the people of Colorado over the last six years, four as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and for the past two years as Lieutenant Governor. I look forward to serving with Governor Owens, the legislature, and other elected officials on behalf of all Coloradans over the next two years in my capacity as Lieutenant Governor. However, I will not be a candidate for Governor in 2006."
This comes as no real surprise to us at Colorado Pols. It had been rumored for more than a week that Norton would not seek the position, and with Governor Bill Owens' fading star in Colorado, she wouldn't have been the frontrunner on the GOP side, or anywhere close to it. In fact, had she chosen to run, Norton would have had trouble cracking the current top two of Marc Holtzman and Mike Coffman.