Theater shooting DA George Brauchler won’t run for U.S. Senate seat


Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. — George Brauchler, who gained acclaim among Colorado Republicans for his prosecution of the Aurora theater shooting case and his public stance against Gov. John Hickenlooper, announced Wednesday he will not make a run at the GOP nomination in the 2016 race for U.S. Senate.

The announcement ends months of speculation that Brauchler might throw his hat in the ring, dating to the conclusion of the Aurora theater shooting case in late August.

“Throughout my discussions and deliberation, I have made it clear that a top consideration for me would be how any decision would impact my family, my wife and our four wonderful kids,” Brauchler wrote in a statement released Wednesday. “Despite the overwhelming support and encouragement that I received over the past few weeks, I have decided that now is not the right time for me and my family for me to make a run for the United States Senate.”

State Sen. Tim Neville, a right-leaning conservative who announced he would seek the Republican nomination earlier this week, now appears to lead the short list of possible Republican candidates to challenge incumbent Democratic Michael Bennet for his Senate seat in 2016.

Calling public service “one of my life’s purposes,” Brauchler went on to indicate he would seek re-election as the District Attorney for Colorado’s 18th Judicial District.

The move could help position Brauchler for a gubernatorial run in 2018. It’s a seat his name has been linked to since May 2013, when he stood on the steps of the state capitol and vigorously panned Hickenlooper for granting a temporary reprieve from execution to death row inmate Nathan Dunlap.

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