Witwer Won’t Run for Re-Election

Surprising news today from The Canyon Courier. Republican Rep. Rob Witwer, one of the GOP’s rising stars, announced yesterday that he will not run for re-election in 2008:

After two years representing Evergreen in the Colorado legislature, state Rep. Rob Witwer announced Monday that he won’t run for re-election in November 2008. He intends to serve the remainder of his current term, which ends in January 2009.

Witwer, 36, a Republican, is characterizing his departure as more of a sabbatical than a final goodbye.

“I’m stepping away from elective office for now, but I’m not leaving politics. I’ll be working hard to elect candidates who believe in the ideals of limited government, lower taxes and common-sense education reform,” Witwer said in a statement.

“I will soon have four kids under the age of 7, which probably speaks for itself. At this stage of my kids’ lives, I want to be more available,” said Witwer, who is anticipating child No. 4, a boy, in September.

Witwer is employed as assistant general counsel for Molson-Coors Brewing Co. His children are 6, 4 and 2.

Witwer’s seat is probably safely Republican, and while he says he’ll be back in politics eventually, it’s easy to be forgotten once you’ve been gone for a few years.