E-mail letters, April 20, 2010

Best man should win, not the heir-apparent

I remember my outrage when Gov. Ritter passed over the heir-apparent for Ken Salazar’s vacant Senate seat, Andrew Romanoff, for the unknown Michael Bennet. I went to hear Bennet speak so I could quote his flaws to the foolish governor and write editorials that might help Romanoff win the primary in two years.

When I heard Bennet speak I recalled something important: We are not a monarchy, we are a democracy, and heirs-apparent are neither apparent nor heirs.

Though I had adored the charming and hard working Romanoff, I deeply trusted Bennet. He seemed smarter than Andrew and I put together, and he lacked political guile.

I did not begrudge Romanoff his bid for the Democratic nomination for Senate. He’s put in his time. But as the race has gone on, Romanoff’s charm has worn thin, and my trust in Bennet has deepened.

At the Mesa County Democrat’s Spring Fling, while Andrew worked the room, Bennet was out front talking to the six furious tea partiers. While Romanoff dazzled, Bennet listened carefully to one protester, a veteran terrified he was losing his health benefits, and then assured him with facts from the bill that ensured his VA benefits.

Put aside the same tired jokes and lack of substance Andrew used as a speech while the other leaders spoke passionately of our need to respectfully and courageously have dialogue with our fellow Americans on topics that elicit anger and fear. It wasn’t until the next morning that I realized I had ceased to support Romanoff. At the bottom of the front page was a campaign photo of Andrew shaking hands with supporters. The story told of how Romanoff’s staff Photo-Shopped faces of minorities onto the bodies of those next to Andrew.

At the Democratic Assembly a few weeks ago Mayor Hickenlooper said, “Andrew Romanoff is the best legislator I ever worked with. Michael Bennet is the best man I ever worked with.”

Thank God we’re a democracy and we are able to chose the best man, not simply accept the heir-apparent.
Elizabeth Clark
Grand Junction

State politicians show
why voters are disgusted

Politicians — they are all the same, regardless of their party affiliations.

On Page 1A of The Daily Sentinel April 17 was the story headlined, “Politicians urges civility and to fight innuendos with facts.  On the same page is the story of another politician who alters facts to “improve the illustration, not to deceive viewers.”

Both politicians were from the same party and both were attending the same political function.  And they wonder why the American voter is disgusted.
Larry M. Head


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