Rep. Ed Perlmutter exits Colorado governor’s race, says he lacked ‘fire in the belly’
July 11, 2017
GOLDEN, Colo. — Rep. Ed Perlmutter is officially ending his campaign for Colorado governor.
The six-term Democratic congressman made the announcement Tuesday morning. He is also not running for re-election to Congress.
Perlmutter was seen as the front-runner in the Democratic gubernatorial primary until Rep. Jared Polis entered the race last month. Perlmutter said Polis' entry made him realize he lacked the "fire in the belly" to campaign for governor while serving in the House of Representatives.
Perlmutter said it would be unfair for him to run for his congressional seat since three Democrats are now competing for it. He said he doesn't know what he's going to do next.
Former State Senator Mike Johnston and former Colorado Treasurer Cary Kennedy are also competing for the Democratic nomination for governor.