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Hank

Ritter told me recently that he was definately running (and that the mayor had told him that he definately wasn't running).

I inquired about the slow pace he's been moving, to which he replied that his father passed away two weeks ago. This would a very understandable reason for us not seeing / hearing as much from him. He definately deserves some greiving space without us giving him a hard time.

Joe

Breaking news:

Hickenlooper emailed a letter late Thursday afternoon to all city employees, to quote, "As you may be aware, there has been much speculation in the media about whether I should run or will run for governor in 2006. Let me assure you, I am not – nor have I been – seeking the office of Governor."

Here's the full text:

Dear City Employees,

Before anything, I want to once again thank all city employees. This week’s TIME Magazine includes me in an article describing the Five Best Big-City Mayors in America. As hopefully you all know, this article is not about me; it is about the entire city workforce.

As I told TIME Magazine and as I have said in every media interview since the article was released, this was a team effort. Pitchers and quarterbacks don’t win games; teams do. The success we have had to date would not have been possible without the hard work, creativity and sacrifice of the entire city team. From our appointees who left careers in the private sector, non-profit sector and municipal governments around the country – to city employees who spend each day making our city a better place to work and live – to the members of City Council who work tirelessly on behalf of our community – we all share this honor. This article confirms the fact that Denver is now recognized as the top-tier, world-class city we always knew it was.

Thanks to all of you for helping to make this recognition possible. We still have a great deal of work to do, and I believe the best is yet to come.

As you may be aware, there has been much speculation in the media about whether I should run or will run for governor in 2006. Let me assure you, I am not – nor have I been – seeking the office of Governor.

As I’m sure you all remember, there were serious doubts when I was elected mayor as to whether someone from outside of politics could effectively take the reins of the city. If the interest in my running for governor means that we have translated business and nonprofit experience into effective governance, then I am flattered. It is a great compliment to all of your hard work.

Throughout my mayoral campaign and for my past 21 months as Mayor, I have operated from the principle that what is good for the region and the state is good for Denver. I have reached out to the region and the state to support cooperative endeavors that, in the end, benefit everyone. This approach was never part of a political strategy to seek statewide office; it was – and continues to be – a genuine effort to do what is best for the city we serve.

For the past 21 months, you have heard time and again how much I love being the mayor of Denver. I always knew it was an important job, but until I started working with the City team, I never imagined how rewarding and fulfilling it could be. In a democracy, there is truly no better job than being mayor, where every day you directly impact your community.

Thank you again for your hard work and for allowing us to achieve a level of national recognition that both you and the city clearly deserve.

Sincerely,

Mayor John W. Hickenlooper

tommix

He still didn't say he wouldn't run, just that he is not seeking the nomination.

So?

ColoBLT

Seems pretty clear to me - Hick ain't running. Can we finally stop undermining the Democratic candidates who ARE?

Ter Ducken

There's nothing clear about that at all. If he would just say "I will not run for governor in 2006," then the speculation would end. But he doesn't say that. He just says that he hasn't been planning on running.

gocart

The Republicans have some strong possible candidates, it is going to be hard to find a dem that can beat Mcinnis,Beauprez, or Holtzman. What about giving up the senate seat and running Salazar?

Alfalfa

Smart move by the Mayor. He's just shoring up his support in the city government. All the talk of him bolting the city and running for Governor probably has caused some internal issues for him.

However, Ter Ducken is right: he doesn't rule it out. Until the Mayor says "I will not enter the race for Governor under any circumstances in 2006" this speculation is going to continue. In fact, by making statements that deny he's in the race without categorically rulling it out, it just adds fuel to the fire.

The other candidates might not like it, the Mayor might not like it. But Democrats are justifiably worried about their chances of getting the Governor seat right now and are looking for the best candidate.

I'm not a flack for Hick, but honestly, who's got the best chance from the Democratic side to win? Who's in the strongest position coming into the race? Mayor Hickenlooper. For that reason, until he categorically rules it out, people are going to be talking about him.

Phoenix Rising

Who says Salazar would give up his Senate seat by running for Gov? If he won, he'd be able to replace himself. Tacky, maybe, but true.

I've heard some pretty reliable indicators that Ritter's in as well. If his father just passed away, that's a pretty good reason in my books for his low profile. I think we need to give him a bit of slack...

gocart

Ritter does not hold a candle to any of the GOP candidates.

Alva Adams

Ritter has always said that he is running - he's never indicated otherwise. But he isn't acting like someone who is running for governor.

republican

Actually, Ritter would do well against a Republican - a pro-life prosecutor fighting crime in the big city. A much more attractive canidate than Bridges.

Nonetheless, Dems are so closed-minded that there is no way he would ever make it out of a primary. He's pro-life and Dems hate those kind of people.

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