Perlmutter Bows Out of 2018 Election

Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-Jefferson County) announced this morning that he would not seek elected office in 2018, essentially signaling his retirement from public office after decades of service in the state legislature and Congress. Perlmutter had long been considered the frontrunner in the 2018 race for governor, but he admitted on Tuesday that the long grind of politics had finally taken its toll.

“I thought I could do it all,” said Perlmutter at a press conference at his Golden campaign office. “I’m telling all of you, I can’t.”

Perlmutter’s decision to exit the gubernatorial race was influenced in some degree by Rep. Jared Polis’ decision to join the field, but his announcement was more of a candid assessment that running for public office just wasn’t something he wanted to do anymore.

Perlmutter served in the state Senate from 1995-2003. He was first elected to Congress in CD-7 in 2006 and handily won re-election every two years (Perlmutter never failed to win by more than double-digits in any election year).

This decision creates a significant opening in the race for governor that will likely be filled by Polis. Perlmutter said on Tuesday that he did not plan to endorse any candidate for governor nor a successor in CD-7.

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  1. ModeratusModeratus says:

    Big money forces out top Democrat candidate. 2018 is starting off great for Colorado Dems!

  2. Gilpin Guy says:

    I like Perlmutter even more for doing this.  Too often we have drips like Buck and Lamborn who will stay even when they are nothing more than living dead Zombies.

    Perlmutter has a lot left in the tank and it is good to see him step away and refocus on what he wants to accomplish.  He is a good man who has done a good job representing Congressional District #7.

  3. bullshit!bullshit! says:

    I'm sorry Ed is out, but I have no problem getting behind Jared Polis. Jared will be an amazing governor and will take our state in new and innovate directions.

  4. RepealAndReplace says:

    Per Denver Post, the soon-to-be ex-Mrs. Coffman may yet run for governor.

  5. cologeek says:

    Interesting how Pols leaves out the fact that one of the reasons that Perlmutter isn't running is the new tone of violence from the left.  From the Denver Post:

    GOLDEN — U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, shaken by the shooting of colleague Steve Scalise, announced Tuesday he is exiting the governor’s race and relinquishing his seat in Congress at the end of his term.


    One reason for his change of heart: the shooting of Scalise, the Republican whip in the House, by a gunman at a congressional baseball team practice.

    “I know when Steve Scalise got shot, that had something to do with it,” Perlmutter said. “You know, I just took a good look at things.”

  6. Powerful PearPowerful Pear says:

    If only Mike Coffman would do the same.

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