Governor Bill Ritter, Democrat of Colorado, has chosen Michael Bennet to serve the last two years of Ken Salazar's term in the U.S. Senate. President-elect Obama has selected Salazar to be his secretary of the interior.
Bennet, 44, is superintendent of the Denver Public Schools. He has previous Washington experience, which was in the Department of Justice during the Clinton Administration. He was counsel to the deputy attorney general.
This editorial in the Rocky Mountain News, a Denver newspaper, calls the appointment "stunning". But, apparently, they mean that in a good way.