Republican State Treasurer Walker Stapleton probably won’t be Colorado’e next Governor, but when it comes to unintentional self parody, he’s locked down the top position in the state.
Stapleton and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis participated in a candidate forum hosted by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce on Monday, in which Stapleton said this:
“We need a Governor who shows up.”
You can say a lot of things about Walker Stapleton, but you can’t ever accuse him of “showing up” on a regular basis. Stapleton is finishing up his second term as Colorado’s State Treasurer — which is a full-time, salaried position — and he hasn’t been spotted at his State Capitol office in months.
Stapleton’s parking spot has now been empty for 40 straight work days.
We need a full-time governor, not someone who stays home if it rains or snows.
— Colorado Dems (@coloradodems) October 19, 2018
This is not new territory for Stapleton, who took criticism during his 2014 re-election campaign when keycard records showed that he only appeared at his office about 10 days per month — and usually only in the late afternoon. After Stapleton was re-elected in November 2014, he stopped using his keycard altogether, presumably so that it would be harder to document the fact that he doesn’t do his job.
Watch Stapleton essentially endorse Polis for Governor at about the 1:41 mark in the video below: