Hick: ‘Dirtiest campaign I’ve ever seen’
Speaking exclusively to the Colorado Independent before an Election Day campaign rally on the Auraria campus in Denver, Gov. John Hickenlooper lamented the state of modern-day politics.
“This was the dirtiest campaign I’ve ever seen in my life,” he said of the battle between him and Republican challenger Bob Beauprez, a former member of Congress. “It seems to be the way of politics today.”
Asked if he felt confident in the outcome of the race, he said: “In the modern political world, how can you feel too confident? I’m modestly optimistic. I do feel we gave it everything we had.”
Hickenlooper, a popular brewpub owner-turned-politician, faced a surprisingly difficult re-election race against a challenger who lost a previous try for the governor’s mansion by double-digit percentage points.
He said that despite the negative ads from his opponent — including one citing the murder of the governor’s corrections chief and close friend Tom Clements and questioning whether Coloradans are safe — he has enjoyed the aspects of campaigning that include meeting everyday Coloradans.
“It’s been one of the best experiences of my life,” Hickenlooper said.
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