DENVER – Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Coffman announced Wednesday that she plans to run for Attorney General next year. Coffman is one of what are rumored to be a handful of GOP candidates eyeing a bid to succeed the outgoing Attorney General, Republican John Suthers, who is term-limited.
“I want to be Attorney General because I am committed to serving Colorado as the state’s top lawyer and law enforcement official,” said Coffman in a statement that emphasized her 22 years of legal experience and her time working for Suthers and as Chief Counsel to former Republican Governor Bill Owens.
Coffman pledged to defend the state against federal encroachments on state authority, and protect rural water rights in the statement, while taking aim at divisive new gun control laws on her campaign website.
“[T]his package of [gun control] legislation does nothing to address the causes of such horrifying mass shootings,” said Coffman. “Simple answers elude us when we fail to recognize the complexity of the questions we should be asking.”
“Law-abiding Coloradans have the right to possess guns for protection of their families as well for hunting and sport,” added Coffman. “I will do my part as Attorney General to preserve those rights.”
Coffman also took what could be seen as a not-so-subtle jab at a recent decision by Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper to block the execution of convicted murder Nathan Dunlap.
“The integrity of our criminal justice system has been diminished by a flawed corrections system and unenforced death penalty,” said Coffman in the statement. “I will champion our district attorneys and law enforcement officials as they defend Colorado’s public safety.”
According to the Coffman press release, “a major public event celebrating the campaign is planned for September 2013.”
“There is a lot of work to be done and I am ready to step in and run the Attorney General’s Office on my first day in office,” said Ms. Coffman. “I look forward to protecting Coloradans, from the classroom to the courtroom, from the family room to the boardroom.”
Other Republicans reportedly considering a possible bid include House Minority Leader Mark Waller (R-Colorado Springs), as well as Weld County District Attorney and 2010 GOP Senate candidate Ken Buck.