Ali Hasan won’t take no for answer when it comes to the mountain monorail. The Beaver Creek Republican who won Eagle County but lost Lake and Summit counties and hence his really costly bid for the state Legislature, ran on a platform of promising a monorail in every pot.
That mass transit solution to I-70 weekend gridlock resonated with some voters, but clearly not enough, so Hasan now says he may do an end-run around the legislative approach and run for state treasurer in 2010 — an office where he could show the feasibility of his financial formula for mountain mass transit. He also wants to see a similar train along the I-25 corridor.
“If I run, I will put together a fiscal plan to demonstrate that we can build these with no tax increase or a small one,” he told The Vail Daily Friday. “The technology is there, the only thing stopping it is the fiscal plan and that’ll be up to the treasurer.”
Hasan spent more than $350,000 of his family’s personal fortune in his state House bid — a record -– but lost to incumbent Democrat Christine Scanlan. His campaign was marked by controversy, including an embarrassing and public falling-out with his former girlfriend and publicist.