BY ALLISON SHERRY APR 5, 2017
Updated 4:20 p.m. -- Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler announced Wednesday that he will make a Republican bid for governor.
Brauchler was frequently in the news in 2015 for prosecuting James Holmes, the man convicted of killing 12 people in a 2012 Aurora movie theater. He sought the death penalty in the case, but Holmes was eventually sentenced to life in prison.
Born in New York, but raised in Colorado, Brauchler attended law school at the University of Colorado. Brauchler, an Army reservist, has been courted by the Colorado GOP before and was urged to run against Sen. Michael Bennet in 2016.
"I'm different than the other people who are even being whispered about," he said Wednesday. "I'm not a rich guy. I'm just this kid from Lakewood who has tried to figure out a way to provide some sort of value.
"Everything important in my life is right here in these borders. This is the only home I've ever known."
Brauchler said he wants to lead the state out of its budget woes. Lawmakers are considering a spending plan for next year that dramatically cuts support to the state's hospitals and puts less money into education than the constitution requires.
He said he would seek savings in Medicaid and eliminate the tax subsidy for electric cars, which amounts to between $2-$4 million annually.
He said Colorado's roads "suck" and that he hopes to find ways to put more money into transportation statewide, to help Colorado families. But Brauchler opposes a bipartisan effort in the legislature to raise taxes to do that.
"I think they deserve better roads without having to be taxed for those better roads," he said.
The Colorado Democratic Party was quick to unveil its opposition file on Brauchler, attacking him for his opposition to abortion and a decade-old comment about gays in the military.
"George Brauchler's policies would take Colorado backward," the party wrote in a statement, "Brauchler will prioritize a divisive social agenda instead of good paying jobs and strong schools."
Brauchler first has to get through the Republican primary, before securing a spot on next November's ballot. Four other Republicans have already filed paperwork to run for the office, and numerous others, including state Treasurer Walker Stapleton, are widely rumored to be considering a bid.