Michael Dougherty isn’t sure which job he wants. The Democratic assistant prosecutor for Jefferson and Gilpin Counties launched a primary campaign because he thought he wanted to be the state’s attorney general.
But now that Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett is leaving his job for a private sector position, Dougherty has decided to abandon the attorney general race and instead will ask Gov. Hickenlooper to appoint him to the top Boulder position.
Dougherty tells the Denver Post it isn’t fair for him to run for the state’s top law enforcement officer while pursing another job in Boulder, so he will step down. But it might only be temporary.
If Hick doesn’t pick Dougherty, then the Democrat signaled he would jump back in the race for attorney general.
It’s a squirmy move that doesn’t inspire confidence in Dougherty’s commitment to any job — not the one he has, the one he’s been campaigning for, or the one he wants the governor to hand to him on a silver platter.
If none of those jobs work out, he can always go back to New York where he began his legal career.
Meanwhile, Garnett will become a senior partner at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.