DENVER - Democrat Andrew Romanoff reassured supporters Tuesday he is still in the U.S. Senate race and stepped up his
populist attacks on incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet.
Romanoff had considered getting into the governor's race after Gov. Bill Ritter announced two weeks ago he wouldn't run
again. His campaign issued only a few terse public statements until Tuesday's announcement.
Romanoff said he's running a people-powered campaign" against corporate interests. Because of corporate influence,Romanoff said, Congress never discussed single-payer health care during the health-reform debate, and banks got bailed
out for gambling with other people's money while ordinary people lost their houses.
Romanoff pledged not to accept donations from political action committees, and he said insurance companies, oil
companies and Wall Street banks have already voted" by sending money to Bennet's campaign.
Every single senator who refuses to stand up to a broken political culture in Washington is responsible for
perpetuating the problems that exist there," Romanoff said.
Bennet's campaign manager, Craig Hughes, pushed back at Romanoff.
Michael was the first senator to take to the floor and criticize the backroom deals and political posturing that took
place in the health-care debate, and he is using the skills he learned in business and in education to clean up a
dysfunctional political system in Washington, D.C.," Hughes said in an e-mail. Michael hasn't spent his entire career
trying to climb the political ladder, and it's going to take an outsider like him to clean up this system, not another
Romanoff served eight years in the Legislature, including four years as speaker of the House. Ritter upset him by
picking Bennet to fill the vacant senatorial seat last year. Romanoff decided to challenge Bennet in the primary
election in September.
Romanoff said he would not release fundraising totals until the Jan. 31 federal deadline. Bennet's campaign raised
nearly $1.2 million in the last three months of 2009, giving him $3.5 million cash on hand.