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November 09, 2007 07:28 PM UTC

Fitz-Gerald Endorsed by Gilpin County

  • by: Colorado Pols

Okay, not all of Gilpin County, but there can’t be that many people left to offer an endorsement.

We don’t have the slightest idea who any of these people are who are endorsing Joan Fitz-Gerald for congress, but click below for the full press release.

Momentum for Senator Joan Fitz-Gerald’s campaign continues to grow. Fitz-Gerald, candidate for Colorado Congressional District 2, released her list of endorsements from Gilpin County today. Key endorsements in this historic mountain community illustrate the breadth of Fitz-Gerald’s district-wide strategy to “make every county count.”

Gilpin County Commissioner Jeanne Nicholson said about Senator Fitz-Gerald, “I am supporting Sen. Joan Fitz-Gerald for Congress because she is not a single-issue candidate.  Her breadth of knowledge on all the issue that Congress will have to face as well as her sense of urgency for change will serve us well.  It is clear from the commitment that Joan has shown to Colorado these last seven years in the legislature, that she will serve us well.”

Gilpin School Board member and Central City Alderman Ron Slinger said he endorsed Senator Fitz-Gerald because, “During Joan Fitz-Gerald’s time in the Senate she has been a tremendous friend and advocate of Gilpin County. She exactly the type of leader we need with strong ethics and beliefs. She cares deeply about the future of our countries’ children, environment and economy. That is why I support Joan.”

Gilpin County Endorsements

  Central City Mayor Pro Tem William “Chip” Wiman

  Central City Alderman Ron Engels

  Central City Mayor Buddy Schmalz

  Jane Yerkman

  Mary E. Taitt

  Gilpin County Commissioner Jeanne Nicholson

  Gilpin County Commissioner Forrest Whitman

  Jeri Baker

  Former Gilpin County Commissioner Craig Nicholson

  Betsy Beaver

  Frances Black

Central City Alderman and Gilpin County School

  Board Member Ron Slinger

  Linda Smith

  Melissa Selby

With just over 5,000 residents, Gilpin County is a rural community in Colorado’s high country, neighboring the Continental Divide, yet less than an hour west of downtown Denver.


27 thoughts on “Fitz-Gerald Endorsed by Gilpin County

  1. …not the endorsements…theyre all well and good…congrats to JFG.

    But is Jeanne Nicholson implying that JFG’s opponents are “single-issue candidates?”  Of course JFG is not…but are WS and JP?

    I don’t know…it just seem like an odd statement.

    Happy Friday all!

    1. Jared is more than just an education candidate, but that’s where he’s built his reputation.  Same with Will, but on the environment.

      I don’t think either one of them are “single issue” candidates per say, but I think what Jeanne’s endorsement statement was trying to say is that their expertise in the political arena at least is very focused on a single subject.

  2. That’s a pretty good haul of the local officeholders up here.  Joan has a long history of supporting the county, and that support shows in the endorsement list I think.

    Jared is in the county this morning for a coffee and conversation session, and I know he’s got an endorsement or two up here, but he and Will are both going to have an uphill climb in the areas that Joan has represented for a long time.

      1. The third commissioner, Al Price, is a Democrat from Black Hawk.  So far as I know, he hasn’t given an endorsement.  Other than that, the law prohibits anyone directly involved in gaming interests from running for office in both Black Hawk and Central City.  Also, there isn’t a single Democrat on the Black Hawk city council.  Black Hawk politics is odd; you could write a paper on it (and the Post has written at least one article on it…).

      2. I suspect that folks in the casino industry are less than thrilled by Joan.

        Dems pushed the smoking ban bill through the legslature.  Passage of a no-smoking bill in Delaware cost their casinos about 20% of revenues (and tax revenues, as well).

        There was a study done some years ago that compared unionized Las Vegas with non-unionized Reno that concluded that wages in Las Vegas were as much as 40% higher than in Reno.  In October, the UAW, which represents unionized workers in Detroit’s MGM casino announced a 4 year contract that gave all employees $1,000, a 4% annual pay raise each year of the contract and enhanced 401 and health care benefits.

        Mike Cerbo was the former manager of the union that struck the Frontier in Las Vegas for many years.

        Colorado Dems support of unions is seriously bad news for the costs of Colorado’s casino industry.

        1. But as a resident of these parts, I’ve got mixed feelings about the casinos, and Black Hawk’s casinos in particular.  Frankly, Black Hawk has abused the limited stakes gambling law to the point of breaking it; if you can tell me how the Eyesore of Capri blends in with building designs of the mining era, let me know…

          The casinos will get over the smoking ban.  I have yet to see a restaurant that has suffered because of the original ban, and I doubt the casinos will lose more than a few truly addictive personalities because of it.  (I probably met one: a lady who approached me, blaming the party for the ban; she was smoking of course, with tubes in her nose connected to an oxygen tank.  Nothing says fire quite like an oxygenator and a burning ember; I kept my mouth shut at the time – I didn’t know what to say…)

          1. The Federal Reserve Bank (economist Michael Pakko) did a study of the impact of smoking bans on casinos and looked extensively at the Delaware casinos.  The study was presented at the University of Nevada, Reno’s conference on all things gaming.


            Pakko’s explanation for the revenue loss is that smokers have to stop gambling and leave the casino to light up.  That was a study done by an agency unaffiliated with casinos and unaffiliated with anti-smoking groups.  The explanation seems pretty reasonable to me and was done by top economists with no dog in the fight.

            When Colorado considered the smoking ban, the government economists employed to do the fiscal note predicted zero fiscal impact, probably because that was the result Democrats pushing the bill wanted.

            Seems to me that if people are annoyed by smoking in casinos, a casino could adopt a no smoking policy and attract customers.  If employees are bothered by the smoke, they can go to work someplace else.  Nobody’s forced to go into a casino or work at a casino.

            If Pakko’s right, the casino revenue loss will result in lower employment in the industry.  A fair number of the folks the smoking ban was supposed to protect (employees) will lose their jobs.

            1. Empty seats at the casino from people going outside to smoke would be filled if there was demand.

              The casinos in Black Hawk are doing far more to attract customers by providing the hotels, entertainment and good food which were in somewhat of a shortage a few years back than any loss in customers they’ll feel from the ban.  Considering that Black Hawk already had a larger casino failure rate than the other two gambling cities in the past, they had bigger problems than smoking bans.

              No-one I know of who works at the casinos has complained yet.

              In short, it isn’t likely to be a big issue with voters.

  3. but the fact is that she ought to be out in front in Gilpin, she’s represented that district for a while.

    Without trying to diminish the value of each voter or issue in the mountain communities, the voters there total about 7% of the total CD-2 voter population.  You could win all of the mountain votes and still lose by alot.

      JP has Boulder locked down.  And Adams is looking good, especially since JFG convened a special session passing some of the harshest immigration stances in this country.  That is not going to go over well.

    And I hear JP is in Gilpin this mornin for a visit and had a great crowd show up to hear him speak.

    1. Gilpin may be small, but we show up.  Boulder politics is sometimes so complacently Democratic that some of the precincts regularly fail to represent at the various Assemblies.

      You’re right, though, in that Gilpin (and Clear Creek, and…) are small enough that they don’t make up an large portion of the CD-2 Assembly.

    2. Wondering if you can elaborate on Polis having Boulder locked down?  Do you just mean that you think as a progressive and being from Boulder (as opposed to outlying counties) he’ll do better there?  I do agree that Polis will likely do well with the “Boulder Activist” crowd but was wondering if you were referring to anything specific.

      Anybody know anything about polling on this race?  I heard a rumor that somebody recently polled the district and it showed Polis & Fitz-Gerald inside 10 which would be impressive for Polis if true given some of the mis-steps an the beatings he’s taken here and in the press.  No announcement from any campaign makes me think it didn’t come out looking how they’d hoped so I’m curious if it was Joan or maybe Wil hoping for better than expected?

        1. He’s tech-savvy, and Congress is terribly short on tech-savvy members.

          Personally, I think this beats out his education record, or his support of Democratic issues and candidates, or Amendment 41 in (theoretical) terms of why I’d vote for him over the other candidates.

          1. Because being tech-savy is an important skill for a member of Congress. Oh wait, I mean for someone in the congressional IT department.

            Are you serious that you would vote for a lawmaker based on their understanding of technology? I sure hope not.

            1. Aside from the total cluster-fsck that is the current Administration and its policies, one of my biggest gripes about Congress has been its complete lack of understanding about technology.  Laws that focus on technology are all too frequently misguided and poorly written because the people who are responsible for writing them have no clue when it comes to IT.

              It isn’t a one-issue wonder – I don’t vote that way – but if I’m going to vote for someone because they know about military issues, or education, or the environment, then I certainly put tech-savvy people in the same category of “informed” as those others.

            2. having a tech background is a helpful lawmaking tool.  I say that even though I am no JP fan.  His tech background is a strength, one that is decidedly missing in the Congress.

              A series of tubes anyone?

            3. Just recall those phrases such as “the internets” and the internet being a “Bunch of tubes.” 

              At least Al Gore knew what it was before most people and got funding to make it accessible to all.  Our first IT president.

          2. who truly identify with working families. Most Congress people are out of touch because they are independently wealthy or have quickly forgotten how difficult it is to make it in the real world.

              I want a congressperson who can identify with raising a family, keeping kids safe, taking care of an aging parent, sacrificing to put kids through college, feeling the effects of serious illness in their lives, lost a job, been without health insurance or sent a child, brother or sister to Iraq.

              Being tech savy is a great thing, but living in a wealthy bubble of like minded people in an upwardly mobile society doesn’t cut it for the average voter. I want my congressperson to cast his or her vote because their life experiences give them greater depth and understanding of the American people.

            1. Remember that incident back in 1992 when asked, he didn’t know the price of milk, a stamp, or a gallon of gasoline?  Talk about detached!

              Someone (or more) has done surveys of the major candidates on such questions since then in election years. Most fail miserably, R and D alike. 

  4. The Gilpin County Democratic Party didn’t endorse anyone.  These people are mostly friends of Joan’s who has represented them and made frequent visits to the county.

    Gilpin County only has about 3,000 actual voters in a general election.  It is more of a bell-weather county.

      1. We know we’re small, but we still kick butt politically.

        Just to be clear though, Gilpin Guy is right – the Gilpin County Democratic Party is committed to remaining strictly neutral throughout the primary.  Any analyses I post on this race are strictly my observations of actions in the race or conditions “on the ground”.

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