DENVER – Doug Robinson, Mitt Romney’s investment banker nephew, officially kicked off his candidacy for Colorado’s governorship in 2018 Friday with an appearance at a Highlands Ranch GOP breakfast.
Robinson becomes the third Republican to enter the already-packed governor’s race, after 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler and self-funding former state lawmaker Victor Mitchell.
But State Treasurer Walker Stapleton could also enter the race in the next few months, according to the Denver Post , and four Democrats, including Rep. Ed Perlmutter, have already announced their candidacies to try and succeed John Hickenlooper in 2018.
A recently-retired investment banker, Robinson’s campaign sites say he’ll bring “conservative leadership” to Colorado and touts work with a nonprofit he chaired that helped train kids on technology.
The Post reports that Robinson said he received support from his uncle, Romney, and that the father of five said in a letter to Colorado Republicans that he is a “committed Republican.”
He touted himself as an outsider in Colorado politics, despite him helping run Romney’s 2012 Colorado campaign and his pondering of a 2016 Senate run against Michael Bennet that never came to fruition.