As Conrad Swanson reports for the publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman, Republican State Treasurer candidate Brian Watson made an absolutely ridiculous promise: Watson says he WILL NOT quit his day job if elected to the Treasurer’s office:
The Republican candidate for Colorado state treasurer seat promises not to accept a paycheck from the state if he’s elected. Rather, Brian Watson’s paychecks would continue to roll in from the commercial real estate investment company he heads because he plans to continue working there. [Pols emphasis]
Watson acknowledged in June — during an interview with Jon Caldara, president of Denver’s right-leaning think tank, the Independence Institute — that his company manages $1 billion in assets, owns buildings in 16 states and employs around 50 people. He founded his real estate investment company, Northstar Commercial Partners, in 2000 and currently serves as the company’s chairman and chief executive officer.
If he’s elected, Watson told Caldara he’ll continue as chairman of the company, though he does want to be a “proactive” state treasurer.
When Caldara asked why Watson wouldn’t place his assets into a blind trust and let someone else run his business, the candidate replied: “Partly, just like I’m going to have a fiduciary responsibility to the people of Colorado with their money at the state treasurer’s office, so I am in a fiduciary responsibility with my current investors.”
What. The. F$%@?
Perhaps Watson has observed Walker Stapleton over the last eight years and noticed — along with the rest of us — that Stapleton doesn’t really bother showing up for work. That doesn’t mean, of course, that Watson should take that to mean that he won’t need to show up for work.
It should be completely disqualifying for a candidate to admit that they have no intention of making a full commitment to an elected office. If you don’t want to be State Treasurer…then don’t run for State Treasurer!