Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo, was chastised by his hometown paper after reversing course and deciding to run for re-election next year.
The Denver Post published an editorial headlined, "In re-entering race, Ed Perlmutter disappoints."
The house editorial noted that the decision was, "understandable enough in the too-often cynical world of politics," but still took him to task.
"In vowing to once again run to represent Colorado's 7th Congressional District, the longtime Democratic lawmaker from Arvada yanked the rug out from under interesting candidates lining up to replace him, and broke his word," the editorial said.
The congressman had decided to retire from Congress when he jumped in as a candidate for next year's governor's race in Colorado.
However, weeks later, his colleague in the House, Rep. Jared Polis, also declared his candidacy for the seat, which completely changed the political calculus for Perlmutter. Polis, a Democrat whose district includes Boulder, also brings with his personal fortune to self-finance some of his campaign. Polis spent generously in the Democratic primary in 2008 on his way to taking the House seat.
Facing the Polis money, Perlmutter dropped out of the governor's race, and within a couple of weeks, rumors were swirling that he'd jump back in to try to represent Colorado's 7th District. He officially re-entered on Monday.
Perlmutter has never faced serious primary opposition in his many years in Congress. The same can't be said for some other Colorado representatives, such as Republican Doug Lamborn, who represents one of the most conservative districts in the state.
So when he decided to leave Congress to pursue the governor's race, several rising stars in the Democratic Party in the district quickly announced their intention to be his successor. Most of those candidates have now dropped out in response to Perlmutter's about face.
The Post sounded a conciliatory note near the end, saying, "Politicians routinely change their minds about races."
"But the bottom line here is that Perlmutter stumbled badly in handling this decision from the start."