Penry Throws His Hat in Governor Race

By: 11 News Email
By: 11 News Email

It's official, Senator Josh Penry is running for Governor of Colorado.

Penry made the announcement Saturday morning on the steps of the Old County Courthouse.

The Senate Minority Leader said he has had enough of the actions of current Governor Bill Ritter and his own republican party.

Penry says he is the man who can get rid of the state's deficit and turn around the fortune of his own republican party.

"I'm tired of republicans shrinking in the corner. Our party is in the wilderness for good reason, we earned it," Penry told supporters.

Penry's run for governor means he will face his former boss, U.S. Representative Scott McInnis, in the republican primary. When asked how he felt about campaigning against McInnis, Penry said they will have a spirited campaign and the best man will win.

Governor Ritter has already announced he'll seek another term.

Ritter's Spokesman Evan Dryer told 11News, Ritter doesn't have anything to say about Penry's bid because he is too busy being governor.

Republican businessman Dan Maes from Evergreen is also seeking the job.


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  • by Shane Location: Grand Junction on Jul 11, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    Good luck to him. We need someone in office that knows what keeps this valley and state going strong.
  • by Huh!? Location: Fruita on Jul 11, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    I was at this event and there were no less than 400 people there. How can you say he announced in front of "dozens" of supporters!? Please get the story right...
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