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December 31, 2008

DeGette won't be succeeding Salazar

A time-tested tactic: When you know you won't win an appointment, take your name out of the running on your own.  That's what Denver-area Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) did yesterday, ending her pursuit to replace Democrat Ken Salazar in the Senate. 

DeGette said that she preferred to remain in the House, where she has moved up in the leadership ranks.  She currently serves as a chief deputy whip for House Democrats.

DeGette was considered one of Salazar's possible successors because of her senior status in the state's delegation. But DeGette is also one of the most liberal candidate of the contenders mentioned, and would have faced a challenge winning re-election in a battleground state in 2010.

Salazar was named President-elect Obama's Interior Secretary, and Gov. Bill Ritter (D-Colo.) is now tasked with filling the vacancy  Ritter's spokesman has said the governor hopes to make a pick before the new Senate is sworn in on January 6.