Hick, Crisanta Duran Shine on DNC’s Final Night

Here’s video of Colorado’s two stars on the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia–first, Colorado House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran’s three minutes of glory, with musical intro by Coldplay:

The Denver Post’s Joey Bunch reports:

Colorado House Democratic leader Crisanta Duran spoke of breaking her own glass ceilings Thursday afternoon at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

“No matter who you are, no matter where you’re from or how you got here, you are special and your potential is as big as America itself,” Duran said to young people in her speech. “That’s what Hillary Clinton believes. That’s why she’s spent a lifetime fighting for every child.”

At least Hick didn't...

At least Hick didn’t…

Later in the evening, it was Gov. John Hickenlooper’s turn at the mic to take a surprisingly hard shot at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. As the Colorado Springs Gazette’s Megan Schrader reports:

“I’ve never hosted a reality TV show but I know the true mark of a successful businessman is not the number of times you say you’re fired, it’s the number of times you say you’re hired,” Hickenlooper said, taking a dig at Trump’s TV show “The Apprentice.” “Unlike Trump’s businesses, my businesses didn’t go bankrupt six times.”

The governor didn’t pause for applause or laughter but plowed right into his plug for Denver’s urban revitalization, which began after Hickenlooper opened the Wynkoop Brewing Co. in an abandoned warehouse district nearly 30 years ago.

“More entrepreneurs arrived and the neighborhood took off and so did Denver,” Hickenlooper said. “As Hillary Clinton says, ‘it takes a village’ … she understands that even in Colorado, land of rugged individualism, our economy is stronger together.”

Unvarnished reviews of both speeches we’ve heard have been quite positive. It’s clear that Hickenlooper was nervous about his prime-time speaking slot, but he delivered a strong if a bit dry-mouthed five minutes of solid support for the Democratic nominee–with a few great quotables like “my businesses didn’t go bankrupt six times.” Tim Kaine, who narrowly bested Hickenlooper for the vice presidential nomination, is obviously a more comfortable speaker and attack dog, but Hick didn’t disappoint. Those couple of times we were sure his voice was going to crack, it didn’t.

All told, not too shabby for our little flyover state this convention season! If only Darryl Glenn had gotten some face time.

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  1. Moderatus says:

    Hick was awful and Duran is a corrupt nepotist. Great show, Dems!

  2. mamajama55 says:

    Probably like Angela Giron, cursed by being too effective and stepping on toes. Men can get away with this, but not women, usually.

    But if you like those mail in ballots, or background checks for gun buyers, or the Ft Lyons prison being repurposed for homeless housing, you might say  gracias.

    Crisanta Duran seems to also be cursed with being a very effective female Latina lawmaker.

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