Last week, 18th District Attorney George Brauchler threw his hat into the ring for state attorney general after dropping out of the race for governor. Brauchler said his move was prompted by Coffman’s entry into the race, but said had she announced her candidacy six months ago, he wouldn’t have entered the race for attorney general.
“When she made the announcement at the time she did, it’s less than a year before the general, at a time when Democrats on the other side had been running a vigorous campaign and some of them had been putting up pretty significant fundraising numbers,” he said. “It put us in a weird position, an awkward position of almost weakness unless we had someone that could step up who not only had the skills and leadership, but also had the ability to launch a campaign that was statewide pretty quickly and keep it moving forward.”
The Republican Attorneys General Association has thrown its support behind Brauchler as the organization did for Coffman in 2014. RAGA executive director Scott Will commended Coffman’s actions in her role as attorney general, specifically her pushback against the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan and executive overreach. Will said the association feels Brauchler is the type of candidate who will continue that legacy for Colorado.
“George is the prototype candidate that we look for,” Will said. “He has the right background both in that he’s an experienced prosecutor but he’s made it very clear from the beginning that his focus will be on continuing to fight against overregulation that damages the economy and damages families through stifling of growth.”