GOP delegation accuses 
guv of liberal pandering

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s ears must have been burning Tuesday morning.

At that time, the Grand Valley’s delegation to the Colorado Legislature didn’t have a lot of kind words for the Democratic governor when it met with members of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce at A Taste of Heaven Catering, 2817 North Ave.

The three Republicans — Sen. Steve King and Reps. Ray Scott and Jared Wright — made their feelings quite clear.

“This governor is showing the fact that he’s a liberal Democrat,” King began.

“I never trusted him from the day he said, ‘I do,’ ” Scott added.

“I’ll be more blunt,” Wright countered. “He wants to be vice president of the United States. He’s positioning himself to be that western American liberal to run with somebody like Hillary Clinton, so you’re not going to see him ponying up with good, conservative policies.”

Though Wright has had few direct dealings with the governor, Scott and King are more experienced at working with him.

For Scott, the two often have clashed over oil and gas matters even though both claim to be friends of the industry.

And even though the governor was a big supporter of King’s hard-fought bill to create a DUI standard for being too stoned to drive, and is expected to sign it, the senior senator has had difficulty convincing Hickenlooper to fund his measure to create a Colorado Firefighting Air Corps.

“The true political position of our governor will become very apparent in the bills that he signs,” King said. “I, unfortunately, am a little disappointed that he is a lot further left than I thought he was.”

Throughout the 120-day session, which ended last week, the three lawmakers have worked closely with the chamber, meeting with them via teleconferencing on a weekly basis.

They reported that while Republicans, and the governor, were able to prevent some “anti-business” measures from becoming law, there was only so much they could do given that the Democrats control both chambers of the Legislature.

They highlighted such measures as a doubling of the 10 percent by 2020 renewable energy standard for rural electric associations, and allowing workers in companies of 14 employees or less to file discrimination lawsuits against their bosses.

“We’re going to remind (the voters) next year what the Democrats did, what the liberal agenda in Denver did to rural Colorado,” Wright said.

“What the chamber can do to help us is start looking at business-oriented issues and other candidates,” King added. “I don’t know who that’s going to be, but do a side-by-side comparison of this governor and anyone else and where they’re at on business issues. That is the savior of Colorado. Business, business, business.”


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Larry, Curly, and Moe have very short memories after citizens endured eight years of a do nothing Congress while the GOP held a strangle hold on legislation! Most of the time wanting to visit Roe vs. Wade and other legislative items that have come and gone!

Colorado used to be an Agricultural, tourist, business state!  Now all of a sudden it is business, business, business?  And Mesa county keeps electing comedic characters that seem to be related to Sergio Garcia!  Whine,whine, whine….....There is much work to be done.  Immigration, medical reform, safe extraction of oil and gas, infrastructure repair to name a few.  How bout the stooges statewide roll up their sleeves and actually work to accomplish something!

Speaking strictly as a liberal, I’m amused that our delegation to Denver would think that Frackenlooper is further left than they thought. I guess anyone slightly to the right or sitting right in the middle is a leftie to them. I’ve got news for you—there are liberals who think that Frackenlooper is a DINO.

I’m also amused to see the one representative for the largest city on the Western Slope representing nothing but oil and gas interests. Given our current leadership we could easily see a rig in the middle of the Lincoln Park Golf Course in our near future. Can’t wait to see how the community reacts to all those fracking trucks holding up traffic.

What exactly does Wright stand for? Anybody know?

Larry, Curly and Moe is an apt description!

Want some cheese with that whine, Jared?  How many taxpayers did you screw over when you (“allegedly”) falsified your time card?  How many small businesses did you screw over when you filed for bankruptcy and failed to pay your debts?  You are an embarrassment to Western Colorado.

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