Local Democrat takes surprise call during Broncos game

BILL HAGGERTY introduces Barack Obama to Cross Orchards crowd

When the phone rang Sunday afternoon, Grand Junction resident Bill Haggerty — for the first time ever — turned away from the Denver Broncos game and took the call.

Less than 24 hours later, Haggerty, a former spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife and a Democratic activist, was standing next to presidential candidate Barack Obama at Cross Orchards.

“They called me in the middle of the Broncos game yesterday,” Haggerty said Monday afternoon. “And I wasn’t about to answer the damn phone until this woman, Natalie, over in Denver said, ‘We want you to introduce Obama tomorrow.’ ”

Haggerty said he laughed and told the woman he never takes calls during the Broncos games. When she called back later that evening, Haggerty said he told her he would be happy to introduce the Illinois senator.

Haggerty said the Obama campaign team must have really liked his remarks during a July 31 “sportsmen for Obama” event.

Regardless of how the Obama camp got his number or singled him out as the best possible man to introduce the candidate, Haggerty said he was elated to help the campaign.

“Is this the coolest thing you’ve ever seen in Grand Junction?” Haggerty asked the crowd Monday.

As the crowd of nearly 6,000 erupted in cheers, Haggerty smiled. For him it certainly was.


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