Ritter says it’s time for Democratic Party to rally around him | SummitDaily.com

Ritter says it’s time for Democratic Party to rally around him

DENVER – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter called for the party to unite behind him Wednesday, months into a tough campaign marked by questions about his stand on abortion.”It hasn’t been an easy 9 1/2 months, nor should it have been,” Ritter told Democratic leaders at a rally at the state Capitol, a day after his last potential primary opponent withdrew.”We are at a point today where behind me, I am joined by legislators who have decided to support this effort and we have a consensus around this campaign,” he said.Some Democrats have voiced doubts about Ritter, a former Denver district attorney, because he is personally opposed to abortion, although he has said he would enforce women’s legal right to the procedure.The governor’s seat will be open because Bill Owens, the GOP incumbent, is barred from running again by term limits. Former University of Denver President Marc Holtzman and Rep. Bob Beauprez are seeking the GOP nomination.Wednesday’s rally was similar to one held at the same spot two years ago, when former U.S. Senate candidates Rutt Bridges, an entrepreneur, and U.S. Rep. Mark Udall threw their support to Democrat Ken Salazar, who went on to win.However, some prominent Democrats were missing from Ritter’s event, including state Rep. Gary Lindstrom, who dropped out of the race on Tuesday and refused to endorse Ritter.Lindstrom, who was widely seen as a long shot, said he entered the governor’s race expecting to bow out when a more prominent Democrat announced. Before withdrawing, he said he stayed in because he didn’t think Ritter represents “traditional Democratic values.”Also missing from the unity rally was state Democratic Party chairwoman Pat Waak.

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