Current Mayor of Denver and former client of North Woods John Hickenlooper has decided to make a run for governor of Colorado in 2010. Back in 2006, we did a number of effective and outstanding ads for the then mayoral candidate of Denver. The headliner of these was a :30 second TV spot entitled “Suit” which you can watch here (Below).
Hickenlooper enters governor’s race
By Lynn Bartels | The Denver Post – January 12, 2010
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Mayor John Hickenlooper announced his gubernatorial bid this afternoon, saying “I love Colorado every bit as much as I love Denver.”
Hickenlooper said his agenda is going to be about jobs, and that he knows first-hand what a souring economy can do. His geology career that took him around the state in the 1980s ended with the crash of industry back then.
The packed news conference on the west side of the state Capitol attracted top Democratic leaders and Denver movers and shakers.
Hickenlooper talked about being mayor and the measures he has helped push.
“We went to the voters every single time so we could decide what kind of city they could live in,” he said.
Democrat Gov. Bill Ritter, whose unexpected decision to drop his re-election bid set off a gubernatorial scramble, was part of a crowd that stood behind the mayor as he talked.
“I think he is a person who very much has a vision about how this state should move forward,” Ritter said earlier. “He’s a person who’s very solution oriented and very future-oriented.”
Hickenlooper met with a potential rival, former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, Monday night and again on Tuesday, fueling speculation that Romanoff was considering abandoning his U.S. Senate bid or that the mayor was trying to bring him into the fold.
Asked about the meetings Tuesday, Hickenlooper declined to say what was discussed but said, “I haven’t offered him any jobs or tried to do a deal. He in no way ever tried to dissuade me from doing this.”
Romanoff spokesman John Schroyer didn’t return calls requesting comment Tuesday, but Romanoff said in appearances over the weekend that he had no plans to divert from the race for U.S. Senate.
The mayor quickly drew endorsements from some of the state’s top Democratic leaders, including most of the state’s congressional delegation.
Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet both said they fully supported Hickenlooper’s candidacy,while Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, who early on mulled a run, cited the mayor’s record on education reform in announcing his support.
Congressman Ed Perlmutter, D- Golden, another potential contender, couldn’t be reached for comment.
Rep. John Salazar, D-Manassa, who earlier had urged his brother, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, to return to Colorado and make a run, called Hickenlooper “a wonderful human being who will bring common sense and strong leadership to Colorado as our next governor.”
U.S. Reps. Betsy Markey, D-Fort Collins, and Diana DeGette, D-Denver, both endorsed the mayor as well.
“As the mayor of Denver, John Hickenlooper has been a innovative leader for Colorado’s largest city,” DeGette said in a release. “His extensive business background and experience as an effective mayor will serve him well as the next Chief Executive of our state.”
Hickenlooper timed his announcement to occur before the opening of the Colorado General Assembly on Wednesday and Ritter’s State of the State address on Thursday.
Hickenlooper is expected to hold a formal kickoff with events statewide after he returns from the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors that begins Jan. 20 in Washington.
Last week Hickenlooper told The Denver Post editorial board that he likely would stay on as mayor if he were to run for governor,and he reiterated his remarks today. He said a special election would be costly and chaotic as the city tried to deal with a historic budget deficit.
“The risk obviously is I am going to be in La Junta or Buena Vista and there is going to be some issue that happens in the city and I’m going to have to immediately come back,” Hickenlooper told the Post.
“Some political consultant is going to say that will connect you too closely to the city and there’s a resentment between the rural areas and the city. That is what it is.”
Hickenlooper and Ritter met Monday night at the governor’s mansion, and have been in constant contact all week, sources said.
Hickenlooper on Monday also informed political consultant David Kenney, who had been running Ritter’s re-election effort, that he’d wouldn’t be working on his campaign.
“He said he did not want me to have a formal role in his campaign,” Kenney confirmed. “He said he was concerned that I’m a lobbyist, but I’m not a registered lobbyist.”
Kenney said he was stunned at the news, particularly because he was part of the inner circle that swept Hickenlooper to victory in the 2003 Denver mayor’s race and he has already spent two years working on Ritter’s campaign.
“David is very good and talented and creative and he was doing a great job for the governor,” said Ritter’s chief of staff, Jim Carpenter. “But candidates make their own decision.”
Kenney showed up at Capitol to offer his support to Hickenlooper.
Since Ritter dropped out, saying public life was taking a toll on his family, Democrats have scrambled to choose a candidate to take on the likely GOP gubernatorial nominee, former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis.
Salazar, the Interior secretary, declined to enter the race and issued a statement supporting Hickenlooper. President Barack Obama called Hickenlooper last Friday to encourage him to run.