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January 26, 2009

Colorado GOP loses top Senate recruit

Colorado Republicans lost one of their leading recruits to run against newly-appointed Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) in 2010.

The state's Attorney General John Suthers announced that he will not be running for the Senate, and instead will seek re-election as the state’s Attorney General, according to the Denver Post:

Suthers said in a statement he considered running for both governor against Bill Ritter and the senate seat held now by Michael Bennet. But as the sole Republican holding statewide office, which leaves him without GOP heavy hitters to assist in fundraising and campaigning, either race would take him away from his duties as attorney general, he said.

"I realize the decision I've made will be disappointing to many Republicans and friends and acquaintances of mine that wanted me to run for Governor or for the United States Senate in 2010 and that it may be disappointing to many Democrats who thought I'd be easy prey if I did," he said. "But I hope everyone will understand that such decisions have to be made on the basis of very personal values and beliefs. I must ultimately be directed by my inner compass."

Last month, Suthers said he would not seek re-election, focusing instead on the Senate race.