ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. - George Brauchler, Arapahoe County's District Attorney, confirms to 7NEWS reporter Amanda Kost that he is considering a run for governor.
"I'm considering that possibility," he told Kost.
"I have been approached by a growing number of important and influential people in the community who have strongly encouraged me to look at running for governor. And it’s not only flattering and a bit overwhelming, but it’s something that you do have to take seriously."
Brauchler went on to say, "My sense of it is, from the many conversations I’ve had -- growing number of conversations that I’ve had -- is that people are looking for guts, judgment and leadership from their governor, and they just don’t feel like they’ve had it."
Brauchler became the DA in Arapahoe County in January. He has publicly disagreed with Governor John Hickenlooper about the decision to indefinitely postpone the execution of a convicted murderer.
The Governor's approval of gun control legislation passed by the Democratic legislature also exposed him to criticism.
"The governor is a nice man. I think he wants to be a friend. I think he wants to be an adviser. But at the end of the day, no one elected him to be the state bartender," Brauchler told our partners at The Denver Post. "They elected him to be governor."
If Brauchler does decide to run, he would be the second Republican to enter the race. Tom Tancredo announced his plans to run for governor in May.
"I’m not close to that yet, I mean I’m considering these things again with the backdrop of the office that I’m in, and candidly, the impact a race would have on my family," Brauchler said. "I have a wife and four small children, and a run for governor, even at this time, when the state seems to be craving some leadership, would be very difficult. My focus is on being the best district attorney I can be for the community that elected me."