Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Local business backs Norton

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Republican Jane Norton is the pick for U.S. Senate by the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
The late endorsement comes as more than 30,000 people already have cast ballots, and after the Chamber’s Political Action Committee interviewed three of the four candidates.

Jane: The Chambers choice.
  • Jane: The Chamber's choice.

Democrat Michael Bennet didn't interview, despite repeated attempts to set up an interview, Chamber spokeswoman Stephannie Finley says. Other candidates who interviewed were Republican Ken Buck and Democrat Andrew Romanoff.

The Chamber was set to announce its endorsement of Norton today at 11 a.m. at its office at 6 S. Tejon St.

"Quite honestly, we weren't going to take a position in the U.S. Senate race and make a decision for the general [election] after the results of the primary," Finley says in an interview. "But they felt [Norton] warranted an endorsement."

Asked about why the Chamber is announcing the choice after many ballots area already cast, she says, "It's never too late. It helps bring attention and helps create action. We'd rather do it now than not at all."

Early voting continues through Friday. Primary Day polling takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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