Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, wearing his trademark cowboy hat, appears Aug. 29 in front of his old campaign headquarters at East 11th Avenue and Bannock Street in Denver to rally volunteers in support of Sen. Michael Bennet. Salazar, who held Bennet’s Senate seat before departing for the Obama administration, endorsed his successor last week following his win in the Democratic primary against former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.
Speaking in front of the Bennet campaign’s converted school bus, Bennet’s wife, Susan Dagget, left, and Salazar’s wife, Hope, right, joined the politicians to kick off a canvass effort in the neighborhood south of downtown Denver. Salazar’s old offices passed on to Democrats Bill Ritter, who won the governor’s race in 2006, and Mark Udall, who won Colorado’s other Senate seat in 2008. The building currently houses the state Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign offices.
“As fifth-generation Coloradans, we’re here to support Michael Bennet all the way through the time the polls close. I have no doubt whatsoever Michael Bennet will win in November, and Michael Bennet will go to the United States Senate to continue fighting for the land, water and people of Colorado,” Salazar said, invoking a phrase he used frequently in his statewide campaigns. Salazar was twice elected Colorado’s attorney general, in 1998 and 2002, before winning the Senate seat in 2004.
— Photo, text by Ernest Luning, The Colorado Statesman