UPDATE: NYT reports: “Salazar Won’t Leave Cabinet for Gov.’s Race“:
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said today that he would not leave the Cabinet to run for governor of Colorado, and he urged John Hickenlooper, the mayor of Denver, to enter the race as a Democratic candidate.
“I have a job to do as Secretary of the Interior to implement President Obama‘s vision for a clean energy economy and to better protect America’s great outdoors,” Mr. Salazar said in a statement aimed at clearing up the speculation that he might leave Washington and return to Colorado.
So that’s good news because for clean energy advocates because Salazar has been one of the administration’s superstars in this area (see “Interior Secretary Salazar, Senator Reid announce ‘Fast-Track’ initiatives for up to 100,000 MW of solar energy development on Western lands“).
And so Hotline was wrong:
Though that story was a tad confusing, though, since they provide no evidence or quotes confirming in the body of the story:
Sources told the Denver Post that Salazar was encouraged to stay in the admin, but that the WH would support his decision to return to CO to run for the seat left vacant by Gov. Bill Ritter’s (D) surprise retirement announcement.
Salazar did not comment on his future plans during a conference call with reporters.
The WashPost story opens:
Salazar dodges queries about Colo. governor run
Updated 6:29 p.m. ET
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar dodged four questions about a possible campaign for Colorado governor during a previously scheduled conference call with reporters on Wednesday.
So far I can’t find a story confirming The Hotline. Please post any news/links if you find them
THANK YOU to Jonah for posting the link.