The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance (ReBA) is hosting Gov. John Hickenlooper at a free event from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday Jan. 11 at the Fine Arts Center.
Here’s the text of the email regarding the proposed wing-ding.
“2013 State of the State Address – Governor John Hickenlooper
Time 8:30 AM TO 10:00 AM
We are honored to host Governor Hickenlooper to speak to our business community regarding the State of the State of Colorado. This is a free event, however, seating is limited, and RSVPs are required.”
Does this seem somewhat peculiar?
Such events are rarely scheduled during working hours, especially since members of the business community inexplicably prefer to spend working hours at work, not listening to speeches. Business breakfasts and lunches are one thing, but midmorning business-themed political events are thankfully rare.
And is this the real thing? The “State of the State” address is delivered at the State Capitol the day after the opening of the legislative session on the second Wednesday in January. This will be a follow up of sorts, specifically tailored to the Colorado Springs business community.
So what’s in it for ReBA, other than the reflected glory of an actual living, breathing, walking, talking governor?
Hosting, in this case, means paying to rent the FAC theater. My guess is that the 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. time period is not in high demand for theatrical performances. The FAC website doesn’t offer a price for theater rental, although prices are listed for all other spaces (“perfect for weddings and corporate events!”). I’ll bet that ReBA’s intrepid CEO, Joe Raso, cut a great deal.
The time may seem odd, but it’s all about the Governor’s schedule. No sane Governor would make a January drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in time for a 7:30 a.m. breakfast. Much easier to leave at 8:00, arrive at 9:20, give a short speech and be out the door in time to meet with Mayor Steve Bach at 10:30.
And there’s always data mining. Event registrants need to surrender their names, email addys, and zip codes, and that won’t hurt ReBA’s marketing efforts.
If you haven’t already signed up, forget it – the event is full, no walk-ins! The theater holds 399 people, so Gov. Hickenlooper will join President Barack Obama in a very exclusive club: Democrats who can fill a house in Colorado Springs.
And if you have signed up, be of good cheer! Even if it’s not the genuine article, it’s a far better deal than the real thing. No drive to Denver, no prostrating oneself before preening politicos to get a ticket, no enduring the wild applause of the happy Dems who now control both houses of the legislature. And while the Governor spins his seductively pro-business line, here’s a simple cleansing mantra, which may serve you well as a post-speech recovery device.
Repeat after me: He’s a Democrat. He’s a Democrat. He’s a Democrat. – 20 reps should do it.