Two largest papers endorse Democrat Bill Ritter for governor |

Two largest papers endorse Democrat Bill Ritter for governor

— The state’s two largest newspapers, The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News, have endorsed Democrat Bill Ritter over Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez for governor.

The News, in its endorsement of the former Denver district attorney on Friday, said the choice was not easy because “we also admire Ritter’s Republican opponent, Bob Beauprez.”

The paper said it was endorsing Ritter even though his lack of a legislative record made it difficult to verify that he will stick with his campaign positions. “We’re betting the real Ritter is the political moderate we’ve seen on the campaign trail. And if he holds true to that vision and his pledges, he’ll make a fine governor. “

The Post, on Sunday, criticized Beauprez for opposing fiscal reform. It said Ritter was among the leaders who “used their influence to promote Referendum C, a compromise measure that achieved state financial objectives and earned voter approval. Without C, the state would have slashed $365 million in programs this year alone, and more next year.”

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