THE SAME CAN BE SAID OF
GARDENER, BEAUPREZ AND COFFMAN
THEY JUST DON’T FIT
Betsy Markey will make a great Treasurer for Colorado. A successful businesswoman and a former member of Congress, Betsy has a track record of integrity and standing strong for her principles.
From balancing a business checkbook, to grappling with the federal budget and its finance tools like T-bills, Betsy Markey is more than qualified to be Colorado’s Treasurer.
Betsy is seeking to replace Walker Stapleton. Mr. Stapleton’s first name derives from his family roots. As a desendant of the Bush/Walker political dynasty, Colorado’s Treasurer kind of appeared out of nowhere four years ago.
Mr. Stapleton has been accused of collecting the full Treasurer’s salary even though he plugs away full-time at his career in real estate and isn’t seen in the Treasurer’s office on a full-time basis.
But you know what – a rich white guy from a connected political family who’s taking taxpayer money while working on fleecing his own pockets – that’s too easy.
I’d rather focus on the many positive aspects of Betsy Markey.
In 2006, Betsy Markey defeated Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave and the world has been a better place ever since.
The Democratic majority in the US House of Representatives in 2009 did something vitally important. They took up meaningful climate change legislation. They were told there was no guarantee the U.S. Senate, under the leadership of Nevada Democrat Harry Reid, would take up the bill and move it along to the President’s desk. And, in fact, the bill would ultimately die in some committee in the bowels of the Senate.
Betsy’s district was roughly half rural, and agricultural interests were heavily opposed to the climate change bill.
Then-Representative Markey was told there was no guarantee the Senate would ever vote on the bill, let alone pass it. We could have forgiven her if she had voted against it. All she would have had to say was that she was voting the interests of her district. But Betsy Markey didn’t cower. She proudly voted what she thought was the right thing to do. And she was right.
I once had the opportunity to thank her for that vote. She was beaming with energy the way she always seems to be. She didn’t blink, and she didn’t pause. Betsy told me she was proud of that vote, and she’d do it again if she had the chance to do it over again. I almost cried.
How many politicians do you know who would say “it cost me my great job once, but it was the right thing to do, and I’d do it again”? It brings tears to my eyes to think about her steadfast dedication to her values and the best interest of all. She cared about the greater good more than a really prestigious job with great pay and even better benefits.
Honestly I can’t figure out the short-term memory of the average voter. So I am starting a new group. I am toying with two names of the group. The first is People Associated with the Longing of Intellectual Notoriety or PALIN. The other name is Citizens Regretting the Use of Zero Education or CRUZE. Yes I know it is not spelled correct but it is appropriate. I was trying to use Gardener and Coffman but their names are too long. This organization will continually educate the public on historical events as they are and not how they are spun. We will travel to the South and remind voters that the North won the war. We will remind citizens that all citizens have the right to vote. We will educate the public that People and Corporations are not even spelled the same. We will remind people that women and minorities are people too. Oh yes if you are gay it does not reduce your rights. That Roe vs. Wade was fought and a women’s right to her body is law and if you don’t like it you lose. Financial inequality is not good for the country and defiantly not good for business. Unions are law and busting them is illegal. Yes people we will do it all. We will not take back the country but instead get rid of the political clutter. We will surgically rotter rooter the backlog in congress. You may ask what we are for.
If you like this group send this to Cory “personhood” Gardener and Mike “I don’t know where the President was born” Coffman and tell them with your vote and your voice enough is enough.
This is not a political ad but a voice of reason.
Cynthia Martinez has a long and demonstrated history of fairness, integrity, strong work ethic and putting the interests of the broader community first. All of which makes her the ideal candidate for the Adams County Clerk and Recorder position that Karen Long must vacate, due to term limits, after her long and distinguished role in the position.
Cynthia currently serves on the Brighton city council, where she has earned a reputation as a bridge builder and consensus seeker. Her history of seeking solutions in the best interest of all bodes well for what Adams County citizens can expect from her if voters choose her to run the County Clerk and Recorder office.
Let’s face it – not a lot of policy decisions get made in the County Clerk and Recorder’s office. The overwhelming amount of the work performed day-to-day is dry administrative tasks like collecting fees in exchange for license plates and making sure the voter rolls are in order.
As far as the day-to-day operations of the office are concerned, Karen Long has the place running like a high-end watch.
Cynthia Martinez is the right candidate to step in and keep things moving smoothly. And that’s in the best interest of everyone in Adams County – the kind of solution Cynthia would be proud of!
Residents of Thornton, I have great news! If you want a Senator who is a tireless advocate for a first-rate public education for all of Colorado’s children, then you’re in luck! Judy Solano is running to replace the venerable Lois Tochtrop as your Senator. And if her eight year record in the House is any indication, Judy will bring common sense to the Senate chamber while standing in there every day for working families in her district and across Colorado.
Judy’s experience, reputation and relationships down at the Capitol will allow her to step into the Senate as one of the more esteemed and respected members. Judy Solano could end up being one of the most effective Senators in the 2015 session.
During her tenure in the Colorado House from 2005 to 2012, she won various awards for her dedication to causes close to her heart: teachers, recycling and veterans are just a few examples.
I first met Judy Solano on the 2006 campaign trail. I was trying to ingratiate myself with Speaker Andrew Romanoff, and he said something to the effect of “my seat is pretty safe, perhaps you can help Judy Solano up in Brighton.” Andrew was right about the security of his seat. It was something like 80% registered Dems. I think he had the safest seat in Colorado.
Then-Representative Judy Solano, on the other hand, had one of the toughest. The old HD56 encompassed Brighton, a little of Thornton, and some outlying rural areas. Today, HD56 is more reliably Republican. (Good luck to Vicki Snyder, carrying the Democratic party banner this year vs. Kevin Priola for this solidly red house seat.) In 2006, it was a true swing seat, the type of race a party must win to claim a majority and hold the reigns of power in the legislature. I can’t imagine the pressure a candidate on either side feels when running in one of the few truly-up-for-grabs districts. Like Andrew Romanoff is doing this year in CD6.
Judy pulled it out and carried that swing district for the Democrats not once, or twice, but four straight times, including the GOP wave election of 2010, until she was ultimately termed out. 4-0 in a swing district is an impressive record.
You might think electoral success of this magnitude might go to her head. Not at all. Quite the opposite, Judy Solano may be the most selfless person I know in politics. She is always out helping others. She will make a fantastic Senator!
FULL DISCLOSURE: I have had the honor and privilege of calling Judy and Manny friends of mine for years now. I consider myself lucky to know them. We have hosted fundraisers together. Although they have yet to invite me over for a beer…
Don Quick was an excellent prosecutor here in Adams County during his eight years as District Attorney. He always stood for justice.
Don has all the qualities you want in an Attorney General. He’s even handed and hard-working, a no-nonsense leader more concerned about results than publicity. And don’t forget the strong sense of justice.
Don likes to say he may be the second smartest attorney in his home but the smartest in this race for Attorney General. And he’s probably right! His wife Kerrie Boese certainly has the chops and pedigree and intelligence to make this a compliment to Don.
Now we’re seeing an environmentalist side of Don Quick the DA’s office never afforded him. This is fantastic, not just the stance, but the emphasis. The expanded environmental protection Don Quick will provide Colorado is yet another example, for those who say both parties are the same, where I argue no, the two major political parties have significant differences, it’s all a matter of degrees. The protection of our land, air and water is needed on all fronts.
Speaking of protecting our air, land and water, if Don is elected Attorney General, expect his office to function similar to that of Ken Salazar. Don is clearly proud of Ken’s enthusiastic endorsement. And he should be. Former Attorney General and Senator Salazar has such a stellar and strong reputation in national circles, he is widely cited as a possible Vice-Presidential candidate. Also deservedly so.
Don Quick will be a great Attorney General for Colorado, just like Ken Salazar was!
Joe Neguse will make a great Secretary of State for Colorado because he possesses a keen legal mind, and more importantly, he understands the importance and sanctity of the voting process in our republic.
Joe’s work in the critical area of protecting the right of the people to vote has earned him national recognition. I can’t think of a better way to salute someone who’s worked hard to protect and expand voting rights than casting a vote for them as Secretary of State!
It was great to see Joe Neguse out campaigning hard the night of September 25, helping the Hickenlooper/Garcia ticket. He was as energetic and frenetic as always, and those are just two of the dozens of lovable qualities of Joe Neguse. Joe has been involved in Adams County Democratic Party circles for years now. Let me take a minute to tell you the Joe Neguse I know.
First, I need to start with a congratulations to Joe and his fiancée, Andrea, on their recent engagement! Best wishes to you both!
Joe has served on the CU Board of Regents for six years now. For the first two years, part of his district was in Adams County. It wasn’t much, maybe 15%, but he came to all our meetings and events and he was always accessible.
Joe always has a fiery, can-do attitude and it is infectious. Regardless of the outcome of the 2014 Secretary of State’s race, Joe Neguse has a bright future in politics.
Joe can be counted on to grab the mic at a slumbering meeting of Democrats and rouse the “crowd” with a boisterous and energetic intro. We need more of that in our leaders. Part of being a good political leader is moving the people who hear you, and Joe gets that, and he’s good at it, and that’s important.
Colorado hasn’t elected a Democrat Secretary of State since 1958.* Yeah, ’58. In other words, Eisenhower was President the last time a Dem was elected to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.
For more on Joe Neguse, Westword wrote up a detailed bio on him.
Last minute update: Joe’s opponent, currently the County Clerk in the right-wing bastion of El Paso County, is now running ads on TV. Please help Joe to respond, a donation of any size makes a big difference for a grassroots campaign like Joe’s.
For more information, visit Joe’s official campaign site: http://www.joeneguseforcolorado.com/
* The esteemed and honorable Bernie Beusher, a Democrat from Grand Junction, did serve as Sec of State from 2010 to 2012, but he was appointed to the position and lost when up for re-election in 2012 to Scott Gessler.