Michael Bennet Likely Replacement for Ken Salazar

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Sources say Governor Bill Ritter is expected to name Denver Public Schools Superintendent Michael Bennet to replace Ken Salazar in the U.S. Senate.

Ritter has scheduled a press conference Saturday at 2 p.m. to introduce his pick but isn't saying who it is.

Bennet had been mentioned as a possible choice for Obama's education secretary, but Obama chose the head of Chicago Public Schools for the Cabinet Post.

Bennet was considered a dark horse candidate for the Senate spot
because of his lack of legislative experience. The Yale educated lawyer was tapped to be Chief of Staff for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, who then encouraged him to apply for the superintendent job.

Political consultant Floyd Ciruli says Bennet is a risky choice for democrats, who will have to spend millions of dollars defending
the Senate seat in two years.

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