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BY: Haris Alic
The divisive battle between the Democratic Party's establishment and progressive wings for the Democratic nomination in Colorado's attorney general race escalated in a big way on Monday.
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Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper waded into the race to endorse Phil Weiser, a former Obama administration official, in a last-ditch effort to prevent an upset victory by a progressive insurgency candidate, Joe Salazar, who enjoys the backing of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), the Denver Post first reported.
In his endorsement, Hickenlooper praised Weiser as an inclusive leader who could bridge the political and geographic divides between the state's voters.
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"At our best, we Coloradans are creative, collaborative, and inclusive," Hickenlooper said. "We don't look for leaders who divide; we look for leaders who can bring us together. Phil Weiser is just this sort of leader."
Hickenlooper had refrained from backing any candidates running for office this election cycle, but asserted he was compelled to support Weiser because the candidate had showcased his commitment to running a positive campaign with ideas "aimed at building up all of Colorado."
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"His values have shown through in the type of campaign he's running—a positive, optimistic campaign about ideas aimed at building up all of Colorado," he said. "That's the sort of leadership we need."
The governor's endorsement seems to be a direct rebuke of Salazar, a Colorado state representative and current front-runner for the Democratic nomination for attorney general. Salazar, a civil-rights attorney and three-term member of the Colorado General Assembly, has run an insurgency-style campaign with a willingness to attack both Democrats and Republicans alike.
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Hickenlooper and Salazar have openly clashed before on issues related to Colorado's oil and gas industry, with Salazar at one point taking to social media to lambast the governor for having swallowed the fracking "Kool-aid."
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