In what's shaping up to be the battle of the endorsements, Michael Bennet's campaign for the U.S. Senate today released a letter from former Gov. Roy Romer endorsing the appointee.
Romer served as governor from 1987 to 1999.
Here's Romer's testimonial:
My life has taken me in many directions, but no honor has meant more to me than the privilege of serving as Colorado's governor, and no matter where my journey leads, that trust — to fight for Colorado — will always be my guide.
That's exactly why I'm so proud to support a fighter for Colorado unlike any I've seen before: Michael Bennet.
Michael brings to public office a strong background of real world experience and a fresh perspective that our political system urgently needs.
Michael's campaign has set a goal of reaching 20,000 donors before the fundraising deadline at midnight tonight — I've already chipped in — can you help reach this goal?
I served for six years as the Superintendent of Schools in Los Angeles. So I can say with complete confidence that what Michael accomplished was remarkable when he was asked to serve as Superintendent of Public Schools in Denver.
Today, Michael is recognized as the one person in the United States Senate most knowledgeable about and committed to making our schools work. That's why he was asked to fill the late Ted Kennedy's seat on the Education Committee.
Meanwhile, his Republican opponents are ignoring the problems in our schools and promoting extreme plans to destroy the Department of Education.
Michael needs our help to remain in the Senate so he can continue to work on real solutions for fixing our nation's schools.
Our actions in next few hours may determine whether Michael will have that opportunity. Please make sure he will: chip in $5 before the midnight deadline.
Michael's record on education would by itself merit my support. But I also support him for a broader and deeper reason.
Our political system, like the schools Michael turned around, is failing. The old divides have grown, and political games are stopping us from solving the most difficult challenges we face.
Washington needs what Michael has proven throughout his career that he can deliver: real change.
The election in November will be here before we know it, and I can tell you from experience — the Republicans will do anything to win.
We need Michael in the U.S. Senate — he can bring about the change our country needs. But to do that, he needs us today: contribute $5 now to help reach the 20,000 donor goal!
Take it from someone who's had the privilege of knowing many extraordinary leaders: Public servants like Michael Bennet don't come around often. Let's make sure Colorado has the benefit of his leadership for many years to come.
Governor Roy Romer
Governor of Colorado, 1987-1999