Salazar hinted today he is in running for the position and wants it. Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) has removed herself from consideration according to The Hill.
U.S. Reps. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.) and Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), as well as National Farmers Union President Tom Buis, are also in the running, according to press reports.
If any of the three are choses it first opens up a Congress Seat and second it opens one up on Republican waters.
If Salazar is choses Pueblo County District Attorney Bill Thiebaut said he’ll “look seriously” at running in a 3rd Congressional District special election if U.S. Rep. John Salazar (D-Manassa) is appointed U.S. secretary of agriculture for the Dems
Colorado Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry (R-Grand Junction) and state Rep.-elect Scott Tipton (R-Cortez) were mentioned by several Republican insiders as the leading GOP candidates for the seat if Salazar wins the cabinet post.
Other Republican names mentioned include state Sen.-elect Al White (R-Hayden) and former state Rep. Gregg Rippy (R-Glenwood Springs).
Former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis (R-Grand Junction), who represented the 3rd Congressional District from 1993 until 2005, indicated that he would not run to succeed Salazar.
McInnis said he believed Penry would have “first right of refusal” for the GOP nomination should a special election be called.