10/20/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Romanoff, Ritter Discussed Deal For Lieutenant Governor's Seat

Andrew Romanoff set his sights on a race for the U.S. Senate only after the breakdown of several months of backroom negotiations with Gov. Bill Ritter to find an alternative political opportunity for the popular former state House speaker.

Described to The Denver Post by several Democratic sources, the potential deal centered on appointing Romanoff lieutenant governor when Barbara O'Brien -- who was considering other options -- stepped aside.

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