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Dem to run for reelection after saying he was leaving politics

Rep. Ed Perlmutter plans to run for reelection, The Denver Post reported, just weeks after the Colorado Democrat said he was leaving politics.

“Over the last few weeks a lot has happened, both for me and in the world. I’ve taken some time to regroup and recharge, and in so doing I’ve had many meaningful conversations with friends, neighbors, supporters and family who have encouraged me to run again,” Perlmutter said in a statement.

“And I’ve come to the conclusion to run again for reelection.”

Perlmutter’s decision comes several weeks after he dropped out of the state’s gubernatorial race and said he was leaving politics.

 

He said in July that the shooting at a congressional baseball practice earlier this year in Virginia contributed to his decision.

“It takes time and it takes money and it takes energy — and putting all those together, I found looking down deep it was going to be a tough road to hoe,” Perlmutter told reporters at the time.

“I know when Steve Scalise got shot, that had something to do with it,” Perlmutter said. “You know, I just took a good look at things.”


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