Democrat Pat Quinn announced today that he was ending his race for State Treasurer after five months of raising little money, spending most of it, and touring the state in an effort to find out just how completely unknown he was outside of Broomfield (press release after the jump).
The term-limited Mayor of Broomfield, Quinn jumped into the race for State Treasurer in June, oddly entering the contest on the same day that Democrat Betsy Markey was making her announcement for the same campaign. Quinn was (and remains) a virtual unknown even in Democratic party circles, so his announcement was unexpected for many reasons.
Quinn had a very weak Q3 fundraising period, reporting just $33k raised and $7k in the bank (or about $72,000 less than Democratic Treasurer candidate Betsy Markey), and when the reports came out we noted that it was time for Quinn to start thinking about where this was really headed.
But Quinn's campaign will be missed for one thing: It was the only campaign to go public with statewide polling numbers, giving us a glimpse into the potential popularity of a variety of elected officials. In fact, Quinn may be the only candidate in the history of Colorado politics (maybe even national) to intentionally release to the press results of a poll showing that 91% of Coloradans had never heard of a Pat Quinn.
So long, Quinn. It's been…brief.
Broomfield, Colorado Pat Quinn announced today that he is withdrawing from the race for Colorado State Treasurer.
“I enjoyed touring Colorado during these past five months. We are blessed with a beautiful state and from Craig to Springfield Coloradans share the same concerns: jobs, transportation, protecting our great open spaces and making sure we have the proper level of regulations for our mining and oil and gas industries” Quinn said. “I am extremely proud of Broomfield’s accomplishments these past six years. We survived the recession, we made significant capital improvements to our roads, cobbled together funding for the US 36 multi modal improvements currently under construction and reduced Broomfield’s debt by $84 million or 24%.”
Quinn, who is the term limited Mayor of Broomfield, will continue to work on transportation issues, protection of our remaining open spaces, proper regulation of our oil and gas companies and constitutional reform at the State level.
Quinn plans to continue as a Board member of the Broomfield Open Space Foundation, has been recently nominated to serve on the Board of US 36 Commuting Solutions, a nonprofit organization advocating for transportation issues in the northwest Denver metro area, and is the Chief Financial Officer for Loja Group LLC.