Well remember Colorado Govenor John Hickenlooper?
He, along with Colorado State Senate President John Morse and State Senator Angela Giron are some of the key players that drove through some of the toughest gun control legislation in the Pioneer States history. Now he is facing a tough reelection in November and he is being called out for his role in that ill fated legislation by the Sheriffs in Colorado.
Now it comes up that Governor Hickenlooper and former NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg had discussions (and, * it’s said, a massive cash dump from Bloomberg as well), during Colorado’s battle over gun control legislation even though he tried to deny it. Eli Stokols of Fox News Denver writes:
“Well, lets, let’s stick to the facts,” Hickenlooper responded in a video clip of the exchange. “I never talked to Mayor Bloomberg. I…Again, that’s been out in the press and all this stuff. Just for the record. You know, I met Mayor Bloomberg when I was a Mayor, and I know him, uh, I think he’s a pretty good Mayor.”
Complete Colorado, which first reported the governor’s statement, had already obtained phone records from Hickenlooper’s cell phone showing that he did speak with Bloomberg last year.
Additionally, the conservative website Revealing Politics posted edited video of the exchange.
On Monday afternoon, Hickenlooper’s office acknowledged that the governor spoke carelessly.
“The governor often jokes about his ability to put his foot in his mouth, because he does,” said Eric Brown, the governor’s spokesman. “It is well established that Gov. Hickenlooper spoke with Mayor Bloomberg, as well as NRA President Keene and many other stakeholders in the gun safety debate. In fact, the governor released phone records on this matter.
And yet he stated at a meeting with the Sheriffs that he had not talked to Bloomberg:
“When the governor told an audience of sheriffs that he had not talked to Bloomberg, the governor was attempting to convey he never had a conversation with Bloomberg that influenced the decision he made. In no way did the governor intend to mislead the sheriffs or anyone else.”
Well there are four Republicans in the final stretch of their primary election to challenge the Governor in the fall and they are utilizing this as political fodder to rally the conservative voters.
Bob Beauprez, for one, also slammed Hickenlooper for reportedly telling the sheriffs that he regrets passing the gun bills because of the uproar they caused.
“It’s unbelievable that this governor would steal the Liberty of Coloradans and then apologize – not for the taking – but the outpouring of anger from both sheriffs and law-abiding Coloradans,” said Bob Beauprez. “This is a governor without leadership or principle. He decides to restrict the rights of Coloradans and months later apologizes for not doing his homework.”
Scott Gessler turned the flare-up into a fundraising pitch that begun thusly:
“John Hickenlooper has a complete lack of respect for the majority of Coloradans and our Colorado County Sheriffs.
Hickenlooper was not very apologetic or classy for bypassing the opinions of County Sheriffs.
“Hickenlooper met with our County Sheriffs and as our Sheriffs were asking him why he didn’t ask the opinions of any of them before forcing through his gun grabbing legislation, Hickenlooper responded to Larimer County Sheriff and Gessler supporter Justin Smith by saying, ‘How many apologies do you want? What the F@%#?’”
Oh those election year blues continue…