George Brauchler exits governor’s race, will now run for attorney general

Monday, 13 November 2017, 09:42:13 PM. Republican George Brauchler, once a leading contender for governor, announced Monday he will suspend his campaign and instead enter the race for attorney general.
Republican George Brauchler, once a leading contender for governor, announced Monday he will suspend his campaign and instead enter the race for attorney general. “My decision to run for office has always been about my commitment to serving Colorado far more than it has been about the title of the elected position,” he said in a written statement. “That commitment remains just as strong as we make this important change.” Brauchler called the decision “neither easy or obvious,” but the move was expected for days as his pathway to victory in the governor’s race began to dwindle when former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, a firebrand and favorite among conservative activists, announced his bid for the state’s top job. And when Attorney General Cynthia Coffman jumped into the race, it left a wide open race to replace her. The Republican Attorneys General Association immediately issued a statement endorsing Brauchler, a move that showcases the party’s support and fundraising power. “George Brauchler is exactly the type of leader we need running for public office,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, the group’s chair, in a statement. “He is experienced, committed, and driven to service.” Brauchler, the18th Judicial District attorney and prosecutor of the Aurora theater shooter, won early support from the party faithful, but his bid for governor suffered a shakeup Nov. 1 with the abrupt departure of his campaign manager. And with so many Republicans running for their party’s...Read more
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