Ali Hasan kicks off state treasurer campaign
January 7, 2010
FRISCO – Colorado state treasurer candidate Ali Hasan made a stop in Frisco Thursday to rally support among local voters.
He spoke to a crowd of about 20 at the Boatyard restaurant on Main Street.
Many in Summit County will recognize Hasan, a Republican, from his 2008 bid for the District 56 seat in the Colorado House of Representatives. Rep. Christine Scanlan, a Democrat, defeated Hasan with 53 percent of the vote.
“I knocked on 20,000 doors,” Hasan said. “I know what it’s like to look someone in the eye and tell them I support something.”
In the treasurer’s race, Hasan will face J.J. Ament and Walker Stapleton in the Republican primary.
Hasan said his biggest reason for running is his desire to divest the state’s investment portfolio from companies that received federal bailout money.
“I don’t support corporate welfare, and I don’t want the State of Colorado to support corporate welfare,” he said.
Hasan voiced strong support for the Colorado Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), which sets strict limits on governments’ ability to increase tax revenues.
“I’m more right wing on TABOR than Doug Bruce,” he said, referring to TABOR’s author.
“I want to start a re-Brucing process.”
Many government organizations in Colorado have freed themselves from the restrictions of TABOR through popular vote – a process referred to colloquially as “de-Brucing.”
“The state treasurer has a massive bully pulpit. I want to use the bully pulpit to strengthen TABOR,” Hasan said.
Also among Hasan’s priorities is to get tough on school districts that borrow money from the state government and default on loan payments.
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