Denver Mayor Guns for Salazar's Senate Seat
Hickenlooper interested, joining mix that includes outgoing senator's brother
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2008 2:39 PM CST
Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter flanked by House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, left, and Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The jockeying has begun for the Colorado Senate seat to be vacated by Ken Salazar, with Denver mayor John Hickenlooper telling the Denver Post he is interested in, if not “actively seeking,” the spot. Salazar has been designated as Barack Obama’s interior secretary; other names floated for the post include former US Attorney Tom Strickland and outgoing state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.

Gov. Bill Ritter will make the appointment, and the two have had one “formal discussion” about the Senate seat, says Hickenlooper, who owned businesses for many years before entering politics. Three of Colorado’s Democratic representatives, including Salazar’s brother John, are also thought to be on the list of possible replacements.