Colorado was one of the most visible battlegrounds in the fight against gun control following the Newtown shooting. Despite massive public outcry, the Democratic-led legislature, cheered on by Mayors Against Illegal Guns apparatchiks, passed a series of bills further restricting the rights of Colorado’s citizens gun rights. And Governor John Hickenlooper dutifully signed them into law. In the aftermath, two state legislators lost their jobs in recall efforts and there’s a good chance Democrats will lose control of the state this November. And while trying explain himself to Colorado Sheriffs recently — he refused to meet with them while the legislation was under consideration — he denied talking to Mayor Michael Bloomberg during the process. There’s just one problem: that’s a lie . . .
If you don’t want to listen to the brief exchange in the YouTube video, here’s an extract courtesy of the local Fox affiliate:
“Well, lets, let’s stick to the facts,” Hickenlooper responded in a video clip of the exchange. “I never talked to Mayor Bloomberg. I…Again, that’s been out in the press and all this stuff. Just for the record. You know, I met Mayor Bloomberg when I was a Mayor, and I know him, uh, I think he’s a pretty good Mayor.”
So according to Govnernor John, the facts to which he wants to stick are that he never talked to Mayor Mike while the legislature was ramming their anti-RKBA legislation through. However, CompleteColorado.com has gotten their hands on Governor’s office phone records that clearly show multiple calls made between the Gov and the miniature mogul.
Now, in the face of proof, the Governor’s spokesman has now confirmed it:
“It is well established that Gov. Hickenlooper spoke with Mayor Bloomberg, as well as NRA president (David) Keene and many other stakeholders in the gun safety debate. … The governor was attempting to convey he never had a conversation with Bloomberg that influenced the decision he made,” Brown said. “In no way did the governor intend to mislead the sheriffs or anyone else.”
The real question is why Hickenlooper is now trying to claim that these discussions never happened. The Governor’s spokesman is trying to spin the story, saying that the governor misspoke and didn’t mean what he said. However, with elections coming up fast, it’s more than likely that the Governor is simply trying his best to distance himself from his pal in New York — something that will surely be used by his opponent to great effect.