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Former Sen. Campbell won’t run for Colorado governor

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DENVER – Saying he’s tired of political bickering and the demands of public office, former GOP Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell announced Tuesday he will not run for governor.”I’ve kind of lost interest in public office. I just decided I lost my taste for it,” Campbell said in an interview with The Associated Press.Campbell, who during his years in the Senate was the highest ranking American Indian in government, declined to endorse either of the two Republicans remaining in the race, Rep. Bob Beauprez and former University of Denver President Marc Holtzman.”I feel the best candidates haven’t emerged yet,” Campbell said. “It’s so mean anyway, it’s tough to find new candidates,” he said.Former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter, whose opposition to abortion worries some in his party, and Gary Lindstrom, a freshman state representative and former coroner, are the only Democratic candidates so far.Gov. Bill Owens, a Republican, is barred from running for re-election because of term limits.Campbell, who won nine races and served 22 years in public office, said right wing Republicans are driving away good candidates.”You can’t be held to a strict ideological code that you can’t do anything about. What they want is absolute obedience,” Campbell said. He refused to name names.Campbell said he will focus on his new job, senior policy adviser with the Washington law firm of Holland & Knight, helping Indian tribes deal with the federal government.He has already talked to some of his former colleagues about tribal health and energy issues, he said.”I wish people well, but I’m off to a new life,” he said.


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