Padden, Levin Leave Attorney General Race

by Tony Flesor

The pool of Democratic candidates for the Colorado attorney general race was narrowed to two candidates this week as Amy Padden and Brad Levin left the race from the Democratic side.

Levin failed to qualify for the primary ballot after falling short of the required number of signatures to petition onto the ballot. According to the Secretary of State, Levin fell short in Congressional Districts 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, and fell short of the required number of signatures by just more than 1,500.

Padden announced today that she withdrew her nomination and instead gave her support to former CU Law School dean Phil Weiser.

“It is not because I am afraid of the fight ahead — I have never backed away from a fight and never will,” Padden said in an official statement. “But I have decided that it is best if I carry on this fight in a different way.”

Padden praised her fellow Democratic candidates and said we cannot afford a divisive primary. “There will be other battles in other arenas for Amy Padden,” Padden said. “But, for today, I am here to take on the fight to ensure that Phil Weiser is our next attorney general.”

Meanwhile, the Republican Attorney General Association celebrated Padden’s departure from the race, saying the Democrats no longer have a candidate with criminal prosecution experience.

Phil Weiser also gave a statement praising Padden and welcoming her support to his campaign. “Her commitment to the Democratic Party, her interest in serving our state, and her dedication to electing a Democratic Attorney General never wavered,” Weiser said. “Her future in the law and in politics is bright, and I am proud to have her support.”