Skip to comments.It's the Senate for Bennet [Colorado]
Posted on 01/02/2009 9:26:21 AM PST by george76
Denver Public Schools superintendent Michael Bennet is expected to be named Saturday as the future U.S. Senate replacement for Interior Secretary nominee Ken Salazar, according to two Democratic sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Gov. Bill Ritter is expected to name his U.S. Senate replacement pick on Saturday, ending a brief but frenzied period of speculation about who will take the seat of Interior Secretary nominee Ken Salazar.
The selection would be preliminary, since Salazar is not expected to resign his U.S. Senate seat until sometime after Jan. 15, when he faces a confirmation hearing and later vote to become President-elect Barack Obama's first Interior Secretary.
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Bennet chosen as next Senator
Sounds like “pay for play”, but just a bit more subtle than how they do it in Chicago.
Will his departure improve Denver’s schools or are they already beyond redemption?
I thought Ritter was a Rep.
Another corrupt political payoff.
Only difference is that they dont have Ritter on tape.
Now - what does this mean for 2010? Good or bad for GOP?
Bennet was probably DPS best hope, but PC, sanctuary and the techers union doomed DPS to failure.
Could be worse, we could have been stuck with Chickenloopy or Regrett...
Not by any stretch. Just another corrupt dem.
JUST ANOTHER CLINTONITE
Prior to his superintendency, Bennet served for two years as the Chief of Staff to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. Highlights of his accomplishment at the city include: closing an initial 10 percent budget gap in the first two months of office; balancing two consecutive budgets in Denver’s worst recession in history while preserving city services and avoiding layoffs almost entirely; conducting five collective bargaining negotiations; devising strategies to pass five ballot initiatives; and assembling a very diverse widely-acknowledged leadership team for the city.
He worked for six years prior to his tenure at the City of Denver as Managing Director for the Anschutz Investment Company in Denver, where he had direct responsibility for the investment of over $500 million. He led the reorganizations of four distressed companies including Forcenergy (which later merged with Denver-based Forest Oil), Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theaters, which together required the restructuring of over $3 billion in debt. Bennet also managed, on behalf of Anschutz, the consolidation of the three theater chains into Regal Entertainment Group, the largest motion picture exhibitor in the world. Prior to moving to Denver, Bennet served as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton Administration.
Bennet earned his bachelor’s degree in history with honors from Wesleyan University and his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of The Yale Law Journal.
How corrupted is he by the pro-choice crowd and Colorado’s gay millionaires? My fool’s hope was that Ritter would appoint a socially conservative Dem to make up for his own sad compromises.
Ritter needs the NEA union money and the *free* union get-out-the-vote volunteers.
No real world business experience.
Auggie Ritter makes his choice in Colorado...
No such thing anymore.
His name should be Rob...as in Raubritter (Robber Knight).
I’m amazed he didn’t choose John Salazar. I mean, who is this guy? Did Ritter just pick him for moolah purposes?
Though I gather Ritter could have done worse than this guy.
As the CO GOP Chair said, it was a “perplexing” choice. Some Denver wonk. Bennet is a guy you hire to work at the U.S. Ed Dept, not the U.S. Senate. Is Auggie aware this guy is going to have to actually run a campaign in 2010, for which he has no experience ?
Maybe they Dems have grown so confident that they own Colorado now that they can throw anyone in there and they’ll be favored come 2010.
Like how the GOP establishment threw in Pete Coors ? This has the potential to blow up in just the same way (and I don’t see how this guy dodges a primary challenge, either). Now, if we can persuade Bob Schaffer to run again...
I’d love to have Schaffer run again, but I fear people will stamp him as a loser, having lost the 04 primary (which wasn’t his fault) and the 08 general (not entirely his fault either, as he had little money and was sucked under by McCain’s bad performance). They may turn to Mike Coffman, John Suthers, or maybe even Doug Lamborn.
Maybe Schaffer could run for his old House seat instead, which shouldn’t be in Dem hands anyway.
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