Stan Garnett, John Walsh Among Five leaders in Colorado Law Enforcement to Back Weiser, Touting his Commitment to Public Safety for all Coloradans, and Proven Ability to Collaborate with District Attorneys, Sheriffs, and Law Enforcement Across the State

DENVER, CO, May 2, 2018 – Today, the Phil Weiser Attorney General campaign released a series of endorsements from law enforcement leaders across Colorado. The supporters – including a former U.S. Attorney for Colorado, the Sheriff of Boulder County, and current and former District Attorneys from Boulder, Pueblo, Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit counties – celebrated Weiser’s commitment to collaborative law enforcement to protect public safety and fight for opportunity for all Coloradans.

Stan Garnett, who ran for Attorney General in 2010 and served as Boulder County’s top prosecutor, explained that “Phil will work well with our State’s District Attorneys, Sheriffs, and other leaders in law enforcement to protect the public, address critical issues like the opioid crisis, and ensure that our criminal justice system works effectively and fairly.”

John Walsh, appointed by President Barack Obama to oversee criminal prosecutions and federal civil cases across the state as the U.S. Attorney for Colorado, said Weiser would “fairly and aggressively” protect public safety “across every county and corner of Colorado.”

District Attorneys Jeff Chostner and Bruce Brown both highlighted a fellowship program launched by Weiser as Dean of the University of Colorado Law School, for recent law school graduates to work in prosecutor offices across the state, citing his commitment to serve all of the people of Colorado. Chostner is the DA for Pueblo County and president of the state’s District Attorneys’ Council. Brown is the DA for Colorado’s Fifth Judicial District, representing Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, and Summit counties.       

Joe Pelle, Sheriff of Boulder County, said that sheriffs and law enforcement officials can look to Weiser as an innovative partner to help protect the public and address important issues like the opioid crisis and gun safety.

In response to the support, Weiser stated:

“We need an Attorney General who works collaboratively with law enforcement across the state to protect and represent all of Colorado.” He continued, “It has been my honor to work with dedicated public servants across the state, throughout my career, to build successful programs that accomplish just that. I look forward to continuing my successful track record of partnering with sheriffs, prosecutors, and their teams to serve Colorado as our next Attorney General.”

Full text of each endorsement appears below.

Stan Garnett, former District Attorney for Boulder County, former Democrat candidate for Colorado Attorney General

“Phil Weiser is the best choice to be Colorado’s next Attorney General.  Phil’s commitment to public safety, defending our constitutional freedoms, and fighting for all Coloradans will make him a great Attorney General.  In his work in the Obama Administration and as the Dean of the CU Law School, Phil demonstrated his leadership skills, his commitment to helping improve people’s lives, and his dedication to the rule of law.  As our Attorney General, Phil will work well with our State’s District Attorneys, Sheriffs, and other leaders in law enforcement to protect the public, address critical issues like the opioid crisis, and ensure that our criminal justice system works effectively and fairly.”

John Walsh, former U.S. Attorney for Colorado, former Chairman of the national Attorney General Advisory Committee

“Phil Weiser will ensure that the Colorado Attorney General’s Office works with law enforcement across the state to protect our public safety in every county and corner of Colorado – and to do that crucial job fairly and aggressively.  He is committed to bringing 21st Century law enforcement strategies and technologies to bear on behalf of all Coloradans – and to prosecute wrongdoers and to help victims of crime and of the opioid crisis that plagues our state. I’m proud to support him.” 

Jeff Chostner, District Attorney for Pueblo County and President of the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council

“We need an Attorney General in Colorado who will work effectively with District Attorneys, Sheriffs, and other law enforcement officials across the state to protect the public and keep us safe.  Phil Weiser will be that Attorney General.   As the Dean of the University of Colorado Law School, he worked with District Attorneys across the State to develop a fellowship program that brought recent law school graduates into DA’s offices across the state.  And as both as a Dean and as a candidate, he has demonstrated his commitment to all of the people of Colorado.”

Bruce Brown, District Attorney for the Fifth Judicial District of Colorado, representing Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, and Summit Counties

“Our Attorney General is our state’s chief law enforcement officer and it is important to find someone of the utmost integrity, commitment to equal justice for all, and an ability to collaborate effectively with leaders across the state.  Phil Weiser has demonstrated his values, legal knowledge, and leadership ability in a range of positions, including as the Dean of the CU Law School.  In that position, he also showed that he cared about supporting law enforcement in rural areas, developing a unique fellowship program that placed recent law school graduates into prosecutors’ offices.   He also demonstrated that he cares about the whole state, building relationships across Colorado and working to support access to broadband Internet access across Colorado.  As our next Attorney General, he will be a great lawyer for all Coloradans.”

Joe Pelle, Sheriff of Boulder County

“Colorado needs Phil Weiser as our next Attorney General.  Phil will work with sheriffs and other law enforcement officials across the state on a range of important issues, including addressing the opioid epidemic, enforcing Colorado’s common sense gun safety laws, and improving gun safety by banning bump stocks. We can also count on Phil to look for innovative ways to help law enforcement officials protect the public. This is the sort of leadership Phil will provide as our next AG.”