Denver To DougCo: Get All The Way Bent

Douglas County Board of Commissioners George Teal, Lora Thomas, and Abe Laydon

9NEWS’ Erin Powell reported yesterday on the latest political flight of fancy in arch-conservative Douglas County–a half-baked proposal from GOP DougCo commish George Teal to purchase, annex, or otherwise wrest control of scenic Daniels Park from its present owners, the City and County of Denver’s Mountain Parks system, in a huff over Denver’s recent passage of an ordinance banning concealed weapons in city-owned parks:

Daniels Park, near Castle Pines, is known as a place for celebrations hosted by Indigenous people. It’s also home to a bison herd. While geographically outside of Denver, the park is part of the Denver Mountain Parks system.

Teal announced last week he wanted Douglas County to purchase the park from Denver. A social media post and previous meeting agenda indicated the decision is in response to a new Denver law that prohibits concealed carry guns in parks…

As Powell explains, there are a host of seemingly insurmountable problems with Douglas County taking Daniels Park from Denver. Daniels Park’s land value is an estimated $800 million, which is multiples of Douglas County’s annual budget. In addition, selling Daniels Park to Douglas County would require a vote of Denver residents, who we seriously doubt would consent to handing over a jewel of the city’s mountain park system because some exurban right-wingers don’t like gun control.

Speaking we expect for most of the 715,000+ residents of the City and County of Denver, this morning Mayor Michael Hancock sent a letter to Commissioner Teal in response to the news reports–and it looks to us like the matter is not just closed, but slammed shut with prejudice:

The short version? Pound sand, cowboys. And if you want to experience the beauty of Denver’s Mountain Parks, the park’s owners who outnumber the residents of DougCo two to one say that’s fine: just leave your guns at home.

7 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. NOV GOP meltdown says:

    An appropriate response to one of the dumbest county commissioners in Colorado history. Grandstanding fail.

    • dustpuppy says:

      At this point, I want to see Teal *TRY* so they can guarantee no Republicans or far-right can be ever elected for the next five generations. At this point, I have to include the right-wing Democrats



  2. spaceman2021 says:

    Half-baked is about the best Teal can do in anything 


  3. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    George Teal is not a true conservative, in the historic sense of the word.

  4. JohnNorthofDenver says:

    I think this is the exact thing that should be pointed to as why Republicans cant be trusted in elected office. 

    Conservatives were elected to the Douglas County School board and immediately set out on a course of action that cost the taxpayer money they did not have to spend. 

    Now Republicans want to spend taxpayer money on a park the county cant afford to buy; or even afford to maintain, because… they need to make a performance of being against measures against gun violence.

  5. Lloyd42 says:

    Tubby Teal is half-human, half-beaver. Just look at that haircut. If he's not getting booted from the VFW for falsifying his military service, he's hugging Joe Oltmann within 15 minutes of Oltmann's declaration, "there will be blood."  The right-wing cabal in Douglas County is legendary, going back to the Freedom School in the late 1950s. 

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