The Rocky Mountain News today endorsed Bill Ritter for governor. The Rocky is now the third Colorado newspaper to back the former Denver District Attorney.
"This newspaper has watched Ritter under fire and seen him take on new challenges," the Rocky's editorial declares. "In everything he does there's a certain steadiness that we believe Coloradans will find reassuring."
The paper cited Ritter's support for Referendum C; his balanced approach to transportation; his support for higher education and opposition to runaway tuition hikes; his commitment to serve as a gatekeeper of good public policy and not a rubber stamp for partisan legislation; and his promise to surround himself with smart managers.
The Rocky, which endorsed Congressman Beauprez in his two previous runs for the House, said it was disappointed in his gubernatorial campaign, citing Beauprez’s "unconvincing" opposition to Ref C, his "mysterious embrace and then repudiation of Amendment 38, and a couple of verbal gaffes. And for a long time it wasn’t clear why Beauprez even wanted to be governor."
Ritter said he was humbled to have earned the backing of one of Colorado’s largest and most influential media outlets. "I'm grateful that my campaign is continuing to build support all across the state," Ritter said. "This campaign is about fulfilling the Colorado Promise – leaving our children and grandchildren with a better Colorado and making the state a national leader in the 21st century."
"This campaign is not about left vs. right, liberal vs. conservative or blue vs. red," Ritter added. "This campaign is about giving hope and opportunity to all Coloradans, including those who are most cynical about government."