Falling on the heels of reported low numbers at campaign events, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne now says she will petition her way onto the Democratic ballot to run for governor.

That’s not a reassuring signal from an incumbent Democrat who is already the successor to the throne.

Colorado Politics notes that while Lynne can only petition her way onto the ballot with Democratic signatures — 1,500 from each congressional district — she can and does appear to be counting on independent voters to hand her the nomination at the June 26 primary.

“There is tremendous voter interest and excitement for next year’s elections,” she said. “And while we can only collect petition signatures from Democrats, we plan to have conversations with tens of thousands of interested voters and share our plans to improve health care, expand educational opportunities, invest in our infrastructure, and protect this special state.”

Note the key phrase, “Interested voters.”

We don’t begrudge the petition system, it just looks like a desperate move for Lynne.