Hickenlooper Announces Run for Governor

UPDATE #3: From 9NEWS:

During an afternoon news conference on the steps of the State Capitol he said, “Some people out there still don’t know who I am. My name is John Hickenlooper and I want to be the next governor of Colorado.”

“Sometimes fate has a way of delivering an opportunity right when the hill is at its steepest. It seems often the way, some might argue this is the worst time to run for governor, given the challenges that are facing our state. We are, after all, in the middle of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. But I love Colorado every bit as much as I love Denver,” Hickenlooper said. “We’re getting into this race because it is a privilege to live in Colorado.”

UPDATE #2: 9NEWS’s Adam Schrager Tweets that GOP opponent Scott McInnis will appear live in the studio immediately following Hickenlooper’s announcement. No word on what color McInnis’ hair will be.

UPDATE: Announcement reportedly set for 4:15PM at the state capitol–not the City and County building across the way, mind you.

Breaking Denver Post:

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper has told top Democrats he intends to run for governor, sources tell The Denver Post.

Hickenlooper has been meeting with key advisers since Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter last week unexpectedly announced he was dropping his re-election bid…

In addition, Hickenlooper wants to “get out front” of any announcement from former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff that he will enter the race for governor, a source said.

Also of interest in the Post story is the note that Hickenlooper knows who he won’t have running his campaign–no more Sean Duffy issues.

Meanwhile, Hickenlooper on Monday informed political consultant David Kenney, who had been running Ritter’s re-election effort, that he’d wouldn’t be working on his campaign.

“He said he did not want me to have a formal role in his campaign,” Kenney said. “He said he was concerned that I’m a lobbyist, but I’m not a registered lobbyist.”

Kenney said he was stunned at the news, particularly because was part of the inner circle that swept Hickenlooper to victory in the 2003 Denver mayor’s race and he has already spent two years working on Ritter’s campaign.

Ditching Kenney isn’t a total surprise, since his win-loss record isn’t really reflective of someone who should be handed the keys from one statewide race to the next.  

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  1. BlueCat says:

    Hope we will be on the same side again, at least in this.

  2. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    Meanwhile, Hickenlooper on Monday informed political consultant David Kenney, who had been running Ritter’s re-election effort, that he’d wouldn’t be working on his campaign.

  3. scodtt says:

    Three big news items, yet none of them at all surprising.

    That bit about Kenney is funny. I mean, if he thought he could get work for Hick, he would have kept the secret, but since he’s out I guess he figured this was his last shot to get his name in the paper, so he dished.

    Politics apparently hath no fury like a consultant scorned.

  4. redstateblues says:

    Can you hear that? It’s the sound of Scott McInnis’ heart rate going up. And that smell? Besides the odor of hair dye and spray tan… it’s the smell of fear.

  5. Angie Paccione says:

    Let the campaign begin… when can I host an event?? Go John Go!

  6. RedGreenRedGreen says:

    will be 4:15 p.m. today at Capitol press room upstairs.

  7. MADCO says:

    Is there a website?

    Who is going to run the campaign?

    Does he have an office?

    Does he get along well with Romanoff?

    Would AR even consider LtG?  I know, I know, he now needs a woman from the western slope or CSprings.)

    When is the Mayoral term up?

    I know it was discussed elsewhere- but let;s get it here:

    Does he have to resign or can he keep the Mayor’s gig until/if he wins?

    If there’s another D, how would it affect caucus?

    • RedGreenRedGreen says:

      is 2011; Hick doesn’t have to resign as mayor to run but would if he won; if Hick wins, deputy mayor would take over until regular election. Caucuses wouldn’t be affected unless Romanoff dropped Senate bid and switched to governor, then governor would be preference-poll race for caucuses, but otherwise Senate remains the race used to pick delegates.

      • MADCO says:

        ” Romanoff dropped Senate bid and switched to governor”

        I realize you were providing a technical answer, but despite the winds of rumors blowing the past few days, I am now certain we will hear that AR was, is and will always be committed to the Senate campaign.

        But I’m thinking since primaries are such a great thing and all, we should get another D to run at Hick.  That guy from Northglenn. The mayor of (some other city with a D mayor), Mitch Morrissey. Someone.  I like HIckenlooper, and he’ll have my support, but primaries are so useful we’d be crazy not to have one.

        So if we got another D- could the Senate race still be the preferance poll?

      • I’m not positive, but past caucus instructions from the state party stated pretty clearly that the top race was the deciding race for representation, regardless of competition.  If caucuses decided to hold straw polls for (non-binding) caucus delegation purposes, that was their right, but not their duty.

        It doesn’t appear that this is clearly spelled out in the party rules, though – or at least I couldn’t find it.

        • dslater says:

          The Delegate Selection Plan adopted by the State Central Committee last month states that the CDP Central Committee designates the race to be used as the preference poll at caucus.  At the same meeting, the Central Committee unanimously voted to use the Senate race as the preference poll.

          To change the race for the preference poll would require another meeting and vote of the State Central Committee.

      • Laughing Boy says:

        Is that Manager of Safety?

        • SSG_Dan says:

          “The next person in line to run Denver until a city-wide election would be Deputy Mayor Bill Vidal. He’s currently the manager of Public Works.”


          And I’m SHOCKED to see actual reporting on Fox31’s site on the issue. They posted the entire C&C of Denver Statue regarding the replacement of said mayor.

          This might get pretty interesting when Hick wins….I mean, IF Hick wins.

  8. Born To Run says:

    Medical Marijuana is popular statewide and even more popular in Denver. Yet, the bill passed last night by the Denver City Council will be a disaster for the Hickenlooper Campaign. If Hickenlooper signs this bill it will give the GOP an opening to attack him.  

  9. Ellie says:

    Throwing a staunch supporter/manager under the bus.  Saying your going to run than taking off for a national conference before you formally announce.  I love it!

  10. abraham says:

    My goodness, don’t you think that Hickenlooper would have had the class to wait unitl after Ritter delivers his final state-of-the-state on Thursday?

    Is Romaoff so frightening that Hickenlooper has to appear to be a vulture feasting on the carrion of Ritter’s political corpse?

    Tacky, tacky, tacky.

    Ritter just went from lame duck to having a complete and zero effect on the upcoming session.

    • RedGreenRedGreen says:

      It’s really a shame McInnis didn’t wait until after Ritter’s final state of the state to announce. Where’s the class?

      • redstateblues says:

        I guess Hickenlooper should really have waited until McInnis was inaugurated before announcing.

        • sxp151 says:

          but Hickenlooper could have at least waited for McInnis’ spray-on tan to dry. Tacky, tacky, tacky, is what McInnis says when he gets his arms stuck together.

        • RedGreenRedGreen says:

          until McInnis settles on a hair color.

        • ClubTwitty says:

          poor Scott, all those years of scheming,  Working so hard to push out that young upstart on the down-low, quiet like.  Now this.  All that donor cash spent on a grooming consultant, and for naught.  

          Alas!  At least there will always be a place on K Street for Scooter.  

          • RedGreenRedGreen says:

            And all the other times Scooter waited until after the state-of-the-state address to 1) give up his safe House seat to a Democrat, 2) flirt with running for governor then decide to be a lawyer-lobbyist a while longer, 3) flirt with running for the Senate, then keep raking in the bucks instead, and 4) claim he “would have beat Udall” just days before demoralized Republicans went to the polls to support the losing Schaffer campaign.

            Scott McInnis: He’s Waited For Years, Why Can’t Hickenlooper Wait a Few More Days?

  11. dmindgo says:

    If the Dems keep working hard and the economy improves, the prospects for the fall election will be good.  Or, this could be the blip up before we really crash.  Somehow, I think this is the beginning of a resurgence in the Dem base and its support.

    • BlueCat says:

      back in 2006 and have not exactly been thrilled with Ritter of late. We were all set to get over our differences with him and support Ritter again but it will definitely be more fun supporting Hick.

      • redstateblues says:

        We have no idea where Hickenlooper and labor are going to be if he wins. Many of the problems that the left had with Ritter could very well remain in a Hickenlooper administration.

        However, I think that the leadership question will be answered–it just might not be the kind of leadership they want 100% of the time.

        • Laughing Boy says:

          Hick is to the right of Ritter on Labor, thank God.

        • BlueCat says:

          but Hick will obviously be on the same page with Dems a whole lot more often than McInnis and we can be enthusiastic about his chances as well as his focus on jobs, jobs, jobs.  

          While labor is certainly very powerful in the Dem party, Colorado registered Dem voters are not monolithic in regarding labor issues as their primary concern. Card check exactly as the unions want it, for instance, has not found universal acceptance among grass roots Dems.

          Ritter’s clumsy handling resulting in both labor and business interests being royally ticked off at him without gaining any advantage out of the mess was the problem more than anything else.

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      I think it is called leadership.  People like Udall would like to think that they have it but when you see people respond to folks like Obama and now Hickenlooper, you can understand where the hunger is coming from.  People want leadership that is more reasonable and accomplishment oriented than extreme posturing.  This is the joke with the Nortons and McInnis’ pandering to the tea baggers.  It isn’t about practical solutions.  It is about pretending to assume the mantle of leadership.  Hickenlooper excites people because he leads by example and tries to find reasonable solutions that aren’t ideologically driven.  It is refreshing and people respond.  He has an excellent chance to governor now.

  12. caroman says:

    Everything’s in place for a solid Democratic team:

    Bennet for US Senator

    Hickenlooper for Governor

    (Salazar remains as an effective Interior Secy.)

    Now, all that remains is for Romanoff to put a fork in his pathetic “challenge” of Michael Bennet. Then, we can get the national DSCC staff and monetary resources into the state so we can focus on the GOP Senate nominee.

    At this point, I don’t really care what Romanoff does after this.

    • DonkeyEars says:

      You turned 18 or moved to Colorado in 2008.

      Show Romanoff some respect.  Dems wouldn’t be in the position they’re in today without his leadership.  Hick’s statewide name ID began with his appearance in Ref C ads, and that measure wouldn’t have happened without Andrew.

      The lack of respect has me questioning why I’m a Democrat.

  13. WestSloper says:

    Let’s do a quick comparison:

    1. Work experience

    Hick: Entrepeneur, businessman; and as mayor, a politician in a management role

    McI: Dog catcher; as a politician, raised national debt to over $8 trillion; oil-and-gas lobbyist-lawyer

    2. Management experience

    Hick: See above

    McI: None, zip, nada, 0

  14. Gecko says:

    Some Denverite I suppose.

  15. Middle of the Road says:

    in Denver list?

  16. Born To Run says:

    A successful businessman vs. a lawyer/lobbyist. Gov. Ritter could not tag Scooter a lawyer/lobbyist but Hick sure can.

  17. redstateblues says:

    McInnis has a lot more than image to worry about now.

  18. RedGreenRedGreen says:

    His upper lip looks very strange. Twitchy, smirky, unusually pale. Maybe there’s a reason he had a mustache all those years to keep it covered … it’s quite unnerving.

  19. Jambalaya says:

    Bed time for Andy?

    Tension Between Hickenlooper, Romanoff?

    The other potential Democratic contender for governor is former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. Romanoff is currently challenging first-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, who was appointed by Ritter to fill the rest of Salazar’s Senate term.

    Hickenlooper decided to run for governor on Sunday, and met with Romanoff Monday night, sources told 7NEWS. During the meeting Romanoff pressed for a Romanoff-Cary Kennedy ticket for governor and lieutenant governor. Kennedy is the state treasurer.

    Romanoff asked Hickenlooper not to run, but Hickenlooper adamantly stated he was running, according to sources.

    Hickenlooper decided to make the announcement Tuesday to pre-empt any announcement by Romanoff that he would enter the race for Colorado governor, sources said.


  20. RedGreenRedGreen says:

    Looks like a united front.

    Today, Senate President Brandon Shaffer (D-Longmont) announced his endorsement of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper for Governor of Colorado.

    “Mayor Hickenlooper is a strong leader who is ready to take on the responsibilities of Colorado’s Governor,” said Pres. Shaffer.  “From making tough cuts in the city’s budget, to preparing Denver for the national stage at the DNC and the signing of the stimulus bill, Mayor Hickenlooper knows what it takes to lead.  He will make the tough choices to serve Colorado’s diverse population and it is my cgreat honor to endorse his candidacy.”

    Statement of Speaker Terrance Carroll on

    Mayor John Hickenlooper’s Run for Governor

    “Mayor Hickenlooper’s decision brings me, Democrats, and all Coloradans great hope for the future of Colorado.  He has been a strong and innovative leader for the City of Denver and we are confident that his leadership style and his love for this great state will help us steer toward economic recovery and prosperity.”

    Gov. Bill Ritter issued the following statement of support for Mayor John Hickenlooper’s gubernatorial candidacy:

    “John Hickenlooper is a great mayor and he’s going to be a great governor. His strong leadership skills, collaborative problem-solving approach, and his innovative ideas will set him apart. As someone who comes out of the private sector, Mayor Hickenlooper’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and job creation will keep moving Colorado toward a strong, stable and sustainable recovery. His dedication to Colorado’s New Energy Economy, education reform and economic development are rallying cries that every Coloradan can answer. I’m proud to support John Hickenlooper for governor.”


  21. This guy is gonna make it happen.  He’s so capable at getting things done.  If he wins, which is expected at this point, his move to governor is a gain for the people of Colorado, and a loss for the city of Denver.

  22. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    talking with Voyageur?

  23. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    Mayor Hickenlooper;

    Please just let me know when/where and I will be there. (I shot an email in too.) Last interview at http://www.davidthielen.info/p

    thanks – dave

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