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Did This Governor Just Become the First Major Dem to Announce a 2020 Run?

John Hickenlooper is visiting the state that will hold the second Democratic presidential primary contest in the nation in 2020. Back home, he's facing an ethics complaint.

By NTK Staff | 10.31.2018 @2:00pm
Did This Governor Just Become the First Major Dem to Announce a 2020 Run?

Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) is visiting New Hampshire on Wednesday, as he continues to lean toward a presidential run in 2020 while facing an ethics investigation at home in Colorado.

At a morning event, Hickenlooper said “I’m the governor of Colorado, and I’m gonna run for president,” before walking the statement back.

Concord Monitor‘s Paul Steinhauser, one of the key reporters in a state that holds the Democratic Party’s second contest in the primary race for president, wrote of Hickenlooper’s visit:

Hickenlooper will kick off his day with a 9 a.m. visit to Robie’s Country Store in Hooksett to campaign with Executive Council Democratic nominee Grey Chynoweth and state Sen. Kevin Cavanaugh. At 11 a.m., Hickenlooper will team up in Manchester for some retail campaigning with Democratic gubernatorial nominee Molly Kelly. Then at 2 p.m., he’ll headline a get-out-the-vote meet and greet event at Plymouth State University. News of the trip was first reported on social media by the Monitor.

Hickenlooper will likely prefer being in New Hampshire for a day, since it’s far away from problems in his home state. Hickenlooper is facing an ethics investigation over allegations that he failed to report various travel expenses around the world as gifts during his two terms as governor.

Last week, the Colorado Ethics Commission ruled the complaint “non-frivolous,” meaning they will investigate the claims made against Hickenlooper over the coming weeks and months.

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