John Walsh Exits Senate Race, Backs Hickenlooper

UPDATE: The Denver Post’s Justin Wingerter:

In a morning email and video message to supporters, Walsh said he has suspended his Democratic campaign and backs the former governor, who is a friend of his. He’s the second candidate to leave the race due to Hickenlooper’s entry; Mike Johnston did so last week.

“After talking with my family, my friends and with Governor Hickenlooper, I have concluded that Governor Hickenlooper offers our clear and best opportunity to defeat Cory Gardner,” Walsh said in the email to supporters, referring to the Republican senator he had hoped to take on in 2020. “His long record of fighting for Coloradans is unmatched and leaves no doubt in my mind that he will win this campaign, and that he will make an outstanding senator.”

Walsh raised $777,000 in the first three months of his candidacy, placing him near the top of the fundraising race. He gained early support from Obama-era Justice Department officials, such as former Attorney General Eric Holder and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

Former U.S. Attorney John Walsh’s exit statement is all about the long-term objective of taking down Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020, and his assessment that former Gov. John Hickenlooper is the best-qualified candidate to ensure that outcome. We’ve always considered Walsh to be a professional first and a politician second, and that’s what this decision reflects–a professional focus on the big picture.

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As Ernest Luning of the publication formerly know as the Colorado Statesman reports:

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  1. RepealAndReplace says:

    The clearing of the field continues.

  2. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Walsh had a fine record as U.S.. Attorney and deserves another chance at public service.  But Hick is our Senate nominee  against Trump's lap dog.

    So be it.  

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      You left out an "if" there, V.

      You are counting unhatched chickens. Your fear is showing.😉

      • VoyageurVoyageur says:

        I'm not afraid of your man Romo or of the woman who, in the abstract, would be my first choice, Alice Madden.  But your guy lost his last two races and, yes, I'm afraid he’d lose to the avalanche of corporate cash that Gardner would throw at him.  

        Alice also lost her last time out — the only statewide Democrat to do so.  None of the other contenders is above 2 pct in the polls or has a prayer to make the ballot.

        Convention is about 65 pct for Hick, 18 for Romo, the rest scattered among minor candidates.  That puts Hick alone on the primary ballot.  Romo won't petition on for a crushing defeat that would destroy what viability he has left.

        In November, you'll grimace and vote blue.  I'll shrug and do likewise.

        No more Alitos. No more Gorsuches.  No more far right judges.  Hick will stop that and that's in the end the only thing I really care about.

        We'll drink a cup of fracking fluid for old Lang Syne — and an iron grip on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

        • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

          You can share a drink of fracking fluid with your lying champion, Mr. Corporate America, hisself!

          I will stick with whiskey. Unlike hydraulic fracturing fluid, it is only toxic in large quantities.

          Hickenlooper wasn't talked into running for the senate by the waitress where I play. He wasn't convinced by the mechanic who changed the oil in my truck or the budtender who sold me a little weed.

          No , V. Hickenlooper made the decision to run in order to champion some very powerful and wealthy opponents of "socialism". I would very much appreciate it if you and your posse here would lay off the inevitability ruse. Why don't you just admit you prefer his corporate appeasement to a fresh look at how things work. 

          My preoccupation with his treachery vis a vis O&G policy in Colorado is obvious, but I object to his policies and behavior in a number of areas.

          I would much prefer Alice Madden to Hick. Andrew, of course, gets my vote, but I don't see Frackenlooper growing an integrity bone anytime soon. So you like his coddling of the Oily Boyz that's ok. But…inevitability??

          Nah…don't think so.

  3. MADCO says:

    AZ senate seat is an easier conversation.

    Mark Kelly, astronaut and all round good guy is the D candidate.
    v
    Martha McSally – who lost last year and had to get appointed and is a bad candidate. 

  4. spaceman65 says:

    I wouldn't count on Hick being great on judicial nominees.  He made some pretty piss poor appointments to the bench in Colorado and seemed pretty detached from the process.  I don't blame Walsh for leaving the race, but I am sad to see him go.  He would have been an infinitely better senator than Hick.  

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