Colorado

Jan 9, 2010 1:15 PM by Associated Press

Obama calls Denver mayor about governor's race

A spokesman for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper says President Barack Obama called the mayor to discuss Colorado's governor's seat, which is up for grabs this year. Spokesman Eric Brown says he doesn't know whether Obama encouraged the mayor to run during the call on Friday.

Brown said Saturday that Obama told Hickenlooper to do what's best for his family. The call was reported in Saturday's editions of The Denver Post.

Hickenlooper is considering running for the job after Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter announced Wednesday he wouldn't seek re-election.

Brown says Hickenlooper will decide soon but probably won't make any announcement this weekend.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, a former U.S. senator from Colorado, has already endorsed Hickenlooper for governor.

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