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Cary Kennedy said Monday night that she had led the state's treasury through fiscally lean times in a way few states in the country had--positively. However, she noted running on a record she said was strong in fiscal responsibility and transparency may not be good enough in a state-wide race where opponents could personally finance there campaigns and in one case was drawing donation from 47 states as the cousin of George Bush.
The latest crusader against Colorado budget reform bill SB 228, which passed out of the Senate yesterday on a party-line vote, is none other than Walker Stapleton, who is reportedly angling to become state treasurer in 2010 and who is also George W. Bush's first cousin once removed -- although Stapleton makes no mention of that fact on Keep the Cap Colorado, the new anti-SB 228 Web site he launched Tuesday. If you didn't recognize the Bush family connection straightaway, don't feel bad, because you would have figured it out soon enough -- because it's impossible not to. You would have recognized the know-nothing audacity and privileged sense of political entitlement.
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 therefore his really expensive 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.