It seems almost certain that Democrat Senate President Peter Groff has tried to remain mum about the news of his impending departure to join the Obama administration in Washington to avoid distraction from an especially difficult budget process in the state legislature this year. But the cat’s out of the bag now.
Kind, classy words in the Denver Post from the Republican opposition:
“Washington’s gain is our loss,” said Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray….
“I hope that President Obama gives him a job with a lot of power in the Department of Education,” said Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction.
It’s hard to say which party will miss him more at the helm of the state senate in 2010. For Republicans, he’s a strong ally on education reform and a well-respected, likable adversary on most other issues. For Democrats, any of the potential replacements whose names are being bandied about likely will be perceived as leading their Party further away from the reasonable middle in a critical election year.
Sad to see Peter Groff go. But it will only increase the motivation to have a more fiscally conservative legislator occupy the position come 2011.