Governor Bill Ritter Salutes Governor Ralph Carr

Former Colorado governor Ralph Carr has been dead since 1950 and obscure for nearly as long. But he's returned to the public eye of late thanks to Channel 9 reporter Adam Schrager, whose new biography, The Principled Politician: The Ralph Carr Story, celebrates the bravery of its central player. Carr's political career was essentially destroyed by his decision to urge Coloradoans living near a World War II-era Japanese relocation camp to treat those penned up near them with tolerance.

At 10:30 a.m. on March 10, Schrager receives an assist in his image-rehabilitation mission from a Carr successor, Governor Bill Ritter. The two take the stage at the Denver Newspaper Agency auditorium, 101 W. Colfax, for a conversation moderated by historian Tom Noel. Via e-mail, Schrager, who also hosts Your Show, a Channel 9 public-affairs program about to celebrate its first anniversary, explains that Carr represents the sort of political integrity he's rarely observed.

"Governor Carr is the elected official we all say we want," Schrager writes. "Someone who won't stick a finger in the wind to decide which current to follow that day, but someone who has principle and is willing to fight for what they believe in. An individual who is willing to walk away from being talked about for the highest office in the land to do the right thing. Carr's stand on behalf of the constitutional rights of Japanese Americans is about as courageous a political and moral stance as any I've ever studied."

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