This is Not What Momentum Looks Like

I have seen the future of Colorado, and it does not include me as Governor.

Republican George Brauchler has officially abandoned his bid for Governor in order to run for Attorney General. As the Colorado Springs Gazette reports this morning:

George Brauchler, the 18th Judicial District Attorney, has decided to drop his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Governor of Colorado for 2018. He first announced his decision to run last April.

Instead, Brauchler will campaign 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,” said Brauchler in a statement released Monday. “That commitment remains just as strong as we make this important change.”

Brauchler is absolutely committed to getting elected to some sort of statewide office. It appears as though he won’t have to navigate through a crowded primary in a race for Attorney General — both Rep. Ken Buck (R-Greeley) and state Rep. Cole Wist are backing off — but Brauchler has a long way to go to catch up to Democrats like Phil Weiser and Michael Dougherty in the AG’s race.

Two years ago, Brauchler resisted a courtship from Republicans to be their default U.S. Senate candidate. After the 2016 election, Brauchler moved quickly to build support for a bid for Governor, officially launching his campaign in early April. But Brauchler’s gubernatorial bid never really took off; he had been limping along for months, and when he failed to even raise $100k in the Q3 fundraising period, the narrative of a campaign on life support began to take hold. Tom Tancredo’s subsequent entry into the race closed off whatever path to the GOP nomination Brauchler might have had left, and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman’s decision to run for Governor rather than re-election gave Brauchler the opening he needed to exit a race he couldn’t possibly win.

Attorney General is probably the statewide office that always made the most sense for Brauchler, but as he enters the race today, it is with the air of a man seeking a consolation prize.

15 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Moderatus says:

    This is nothing but Republicans lining up for victory in 2018. Brauchler will be AG, and I predict he'll be governor someday too. Cynthia Coffman will win. Colorado Pols and Democrats will be crying into their Cheerios the morning after election day.

  2. DawnPatrol says:

    Does reverse momentum count?

  3. flatiron says:

    With Tancredo as the Grand Old Pedophiles nominee for governor, Brauchler may wish he sat this round out 

  4. Gilpin Guy says:

    Brauchler looks like he part of the Bronco's coaching staff (clueless about how to contend).

  5. Lucy Montrose says:


    … What, no broccoli emoji?!

    I'll just use this, then. 🌳


    *just like Brauchler's chances*

  6. Diogenesdemar says:

    Brauchler 2017:  Will run for food!

  7. spaceman65 says:

    Brauchler 2018:  Please vote for me for _____________ (fill in the blank with any office I can win).  I promise I won't tweet in the courtroom anymore.  Pinky swear.  

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