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Salazar brothers distance themselves during campaign

By Laurie Bennett

October 15, 2010 at 8:49am

Ken Salazar’s job in the Obama administration has become an albatross for his brother John, who is seeking a fourth term in Congress.

As The New York Times points out, John Salazar is in a tight race against Scott Tipton, a Republican challenger whom he trounced four years ago.

Ken Salazar resigned from the Senate last year to become secretary of the interior - a department disdained by many voters in Colorado. The administration’s imposition of new rules on oil and gas development on public land is particularly controversial in the western part of the state.

John Salazar
John Salazar

The result, the Times writes: “brothers in arms now at arm’s length.”

Ken Salazar has not been at his brother’s side on the campaign trail. John Salazar acknowledged to the Times that his sibling’s connections to the White House were hurting his re-election bid.

President Obama lost John Salazar’s district in 2008, while winning Colorado as a whole.

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