2 former Colo. govs quiz gubernatorial candidates

GLENDALE — Two former Colorado governors gave the state’s gubernatorial candidates a public job interview Monday, grilling the three hopefuls on their ability to lead the state before coming out with their picks for the position.

Former Govs. Bill Owens and Dick Lamm quizzed Democrat John Hickenlooper, Republican candidate Dan Maes and American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo on issues ranging from Colorado’s estimated $1 billion revenue shortfall next year to illegal immigration.

Owens and Lamm asked all three candidates what qualifications they have to be governor.

Owens got into testy exchanges with Maes and Tancredo, a former Republican congressman who switched parties after saying Maes was unqualified to be governor. Owens, who held the governor’s job from 1999 to 2007, asked Maes how his political experience as head of a homeowners association qualified him to be governor, and he asked Tancredo about his loyalty to the GOP.

Maes acknowledged having little political experience, saying he had to concentrate on his telecommunications business and credit company.

“There was not a lot of time for civic duties,” he told a coalition of suburban Denver chambers of commerce and lobbyists.


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