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Lessons from Colorado

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NM candidates for governor need to take a look at Hickenlooper

By Merilee Dannemann

During a visit to relatives in Colorado, I found their governor’s race far more entertaining than ours. In fact, the political theater doesn’t get much better, and it sheds some light on why ours is so frustrating.
Democrat John Hickenlooper, Denver’s mayor, was about to face Republican Dan Maes, a businessman affiliated with the Tea Party. Then former Congressman Tom Tancredo, after earlier urging tea partiers to work with Republicans, jumped the fence. Before the Republican primary, he asked both candidates to step aside so he could run. They didn’t, so he declared his candidacy on behalf of the Constitution Party. Except that it already had a candidate. He may not have consulted the Constitution Party about the honor he was about to bestow.
As I was leaving the Mile-High City, conservatives were pleading with Tancredo to honor his own advice and not divide the Republicans. In a three-way race of Hickenlooper, the party pooper, and Maes, polls show Hickenlooper waltzing to the governor’s mansion.


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