DENVER – In a press conference at the Capitol on Monday, former Democratic Congresswoman Betsy Markey announced her run for State Treasurer.
The former 4th Congressional District Representative, who lost to Republican Cory Gardner in 2010 by 11 points, has been working in the Obama administration in the Department of Homeland Security since leaving Congress in 2011.
Also announcing a run for the Democratic nomination was Broomfield Mayor Pat Quinn, via a press release on Monday.
Markey, however, clearly had the backing of the Democratic establishment, with Denver Congresswoman Diana DeGette, former Democratic Treasurer Cary Kennedy and a host of other high level Colorado Democrats standing behind her during the announcement.
The Colorado Democratic Party seemed to throw its weight behind Markey as well, using its email list to spread news of her candidacy. Usually political parties are expected to remain neutral in primaries. Markey was unable to answer why the Party had used its resources to promote her campaign when asked at the press conference.
On the other side of the political divide, the Colorado Republican Party was quick to highlight the large loss Markey suffered in 2010 and her liberal voting record.
“The people of Colorado already rejected Markey and her radical record in 2010 after she supported the Obamacare legislation that is raising the price of health care on struggling Coloradans,” said Colorado Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call.
Incumbent Treasurer Walker Stapleton, a Republican, won office in 2010 after defeating then-Treasurer Democrat Cary Kennedy by 2.5 points. The winner of the intra-party contest between Democrats will take on Stapleton in 2014.