Congressman Bob Beauprez has received the endorsements of Governor Bill Owens and former Congressman Bob Schaffer in his run for governor in 2006.
The Owens endorsement isn't a major surprise, though the timing is curious in that it came so early. Beauprez has now tied up most of the big names, and while endorsements don't guarantee much, it doesn't help Marc Holtzman if Beauprez cleans up all of the big names.
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Congressman Bob Beauprez today announced two more critical endorsements for his expected gubernatorial bid from Republican leaders Governor Bill Owens and former Congressman Bob Schaffer.
"Bob Beauprez is a third-generation Coloradan with deep roots in our state," said Governor Owens. "He knows what it's like to put in a hard day's work, build a business and meet a payroll. He will be an outstanding Governor for Colorado."
Governor Owens, who has been called the "best governor in America," won reelection in 2002 by one of the largest margins in Colorado history. Schaffer, who has earned a reputation as a rock-solid conservative, both among Colorado grassroots activists and nationally, garnered top-line designation for the U.S. Senate race at last year's State Convention.
"Bob Beauprez is a proven leader for Colorado. He is a visionary statesman whose performance on the crucial issues of education, agriculture and economic growth reflect the exact experience we need in our next governor," said Schaffer.
"Governor Owens and Congressman Schaffer represent the very best of the Republican party in Colorado," said Beauprez. "I appreciate their support and look forward to their help in unifying the party faithful around my candidacy for governor."
Today's endorsements of Beauprez follow nods of public support from State Treasurer Mike Coffman, Congressman Joel Hefley, and Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave, among others.