The 2014 general election is several months away, but Colorado’s gubernatorial race already is off to a heated start.
On Thursday, Jan. 9, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a Republican candidate for governor, released the first campaign advertisement of the season, criticizing the performance of incumbent Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper.
“I’ll put my record up against John Hickenlooper’s anytime,” said Gessler in a news release. “His brand of leadership, or lack thereof, is no longer welcome here in Colorado.”
Gessler condemned Hickenlooper for signing a variety of controversial gun-control measures into law last year, saying they motivated private-sector companies, such as Magpul Industries, to pull out of the state. Magpul Industries employed 200 Coloradans and contributed more than $80 million in revenue to Colorado’s economy, the Gessler news release stated.
“It breaks my heart to see an expanding, extremely successful, private-sector company like Magpul Industries leave our state as the direct result of the unconstitutional gun-grab implemented by Hickenlooper and his liberal allies in the state legislature,” Gessler said in the release. “It’s really a tragedy and a tragedy that could have been avoided.”
But Gessler saved his most condemning critique of the Hickenlooper administration for the campaign video — titled “The Desk to Nowhere” — in which he slams the governor for naming his signature initiative “TBD” or “To Be Determined.”
“That’s not leadership,” a narrator says in the advertisement. “It’s political expediency.”
Eric Brown, Hickenlooper’s director of communications, said Thursday, Jan. 9, neither he nor the governor had seen Gessler’s attack ad because Hickenlooper was preparing for his State of the State address.
As stated in that address, Hickenlooper plans to focus on job growth and the economic health of Colorado; successful efforts to create a solid budget for the state, build reserves and eliminate bureaucracy; and address the challenges faced by the state in the past year, from fires to floods to shootings, Brown said.
Gessler’s campaign advertisement can be viewed online at www.youtube.com by searching “The Desk to Nowhere.”