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December 05, 2008 08:00 PM UTC

Where is Senator Veiga?

  • by: Commenter

In a citizen legislature that includes elected officials of very wide-ranging abilities, Jennifer Veiga stands out for her uncommon intelligence, civility, and political savvy. She is one of the most talented members of the Colorado Democratic Party, and yet, she continues to demonstrate an unwillingness to step up as a leader of the Senate Democrats. She did not run for any of the leadership positions when the caucus caucused in November, leaving the majority with a largely lackluster and uninspired team (save for Groff and Shaffer).

She held a leadership position in the House, and perhaps she realized that the difference between leadership and non-leadership is immaterial and not worth the administrative fuss (to some extent, this argument is true: a caucus chair does very little in the Senate). It’s reported that she is dedicated to her law practice and tries to balance the two work loads in a way that would be more difficult were she to have more responsibilities in the Senate.

Or maybe she just doesn’t want to attract the attention of the petty and arbitrary media (including the even more arbitrary and petty blogosphere).

Surely there are other reasons, publicly voiced or privately held.

But as it stands, these explanations are unsatisfactory. The Senate Democrats–and the Colorado Senate as a whole, in addition to her district–need stronger leadership. There are real problems in this state that could benefit from the application of her pragmatism and smarts. If she is committed to serving the public, it would be nice to see her commit her abilities fully, and leave nothing on the court when her limited time in office expires.    


8 thoughts on “Where is Senator Veiga?

  1. She is more focused on her constituents than the entire state. I suspect the reasons given above were very real considerations, but in the end, she represents an extremely diverse distrct that has very differing opions on several topics.

    Her district lies 2/3 in Denver and 1/3 in Adams. It includes part of the northern suburbs, very low income areas in Denver, very high income LoDo, the Downtown business district of Denver, Capitol Hill, and the very mixed bag that is Wash Park West and Baker in Denver.

    I would imagine trying to adequately represent this hodge-podge is enough for any one legislator without the extra burden of leadership.

    I am one of Jennifer’s constituents and have been very pleased with her abilities as a legislator and responsiveness to her district.

      1. She is rock solid, smart, disciplined and balanced. She’d make a great Governor or a replacement for DD … too bad she is not filthy rich and able to dedicate herself 250% to public service.

        Meanwhile she oversees the Biz committee without a great deal of drama.

  2. …and I’m quite satisfied with the job she does.  She chairs business and labor committee.  She gets the bills she sponsors enacted.  Although I hate the metaphor, she’s a work horse, not a show horse.

      So what if she isn’t so driven by such overwhelming ego and ambition that she forgets why she was elected in the first place.

      Here’s hoping that if Don Quick decides not to run for A.G., Jennifer does!

  3. As others have commented, she’s brilliant, civil, savvy, disciplined and legislates without drama. She’s an example to all other legislators. But, as noted, she also balances her personal life and law practice with her elected responsibilities. She doesn’t waste time and money renting RV’s to tour the state for no other reason than personal ambition.

    Not many can compare to Senator Veiga.  

    1. But it’s not because she’s a friend of the payday lenders, it’s because she genuinely believes that people need access to credit in some way, shape or form, and that payday lending, while often predatory, is better than nothing.

      I happen to completely disagree with her, but that doesn’t mean she’s taking the approach she does because she’s in someone’s pocket. Her argument is fairly thoughtful, actually, though I hope that she changes her position during the upcoming session.

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