Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper named 52 people to his statewide transition committee yesterday. It’s an interesting group for many reasons.
Of the 52, only two (Bill Hybl and James Stewart, both Republicans) are from Colorado Springs. The vast majority are residents are residents of of the Denver/Boulder metro area. A fair number are Republicans, business people, or both.
If one word can define all of them, it would be success. They own companies, are partners in law firms, have big jobs, and, if they work for someone else, collect big paychecks.
I doubt whether there’s a single person on the list who makes less than $250,000, whose credit score is below 720, who lives paycheck to paycheck, who worries about missing the next mortgage payment, who doesn’t have great health insurance, whose kids may not be able to go to college, who belongs to a union, who teaches school, who drives an eight-year old car, who’s working late in life because he/she can’t afford to retire, or even shops regularly at Wal-Mart.
The list might be a bit of a wake-up call to the hundreds of thousands of Democrats and independent voters who were seduced by Hickenlooper’s unpretentious, down-to-earth persona. On the other hand, it may comfort those members of the business community who suspected that he was just another liberal Democrat.
Still, it’s surprising that he didn’t bother to round up a few ordinary people to stand in the back row of the group photo. What about my old pal Andrew Collins, a retired firefighter who was the first African-American hired by the Colorado Springs Fire Department? Or maybe my friend Tiffany, who does hair, cleans houses, and works construction in the summer? Or…oh well, forget it.
They’re mouthy, opinionated, and liable to be disrespectful to their betters. Best to ignore them and their petty concerns – it’s time to govern. The campaign’s over, little people – just go back to work (if you can find any!), shut up, and pay your taxes. And don’t even think of pestering us.
The guard won’t let you through the gate.