In a ridiculous interview published by Rolling Stone yesterday, Colorado’s Surrogate Governor (h/t Team Beauprez) Michael Bloomberg basically called Colorado Springs and Pueblo bassackwards because the cities recalled far left Senators responsible for passing his disastrous gun legislation. Here’s what he said that was mysteriously yanked down yesterday:
“In Colorado, we got a law passed. The NRA went after two or three state senators in a part of Colorado where I don’t think there’s roads. It’s as far rural as you can get. And, yes, they lost recall elections. I’m sorry for that. We tried to help ‘em. But the bottom line is, the law is on the books, and being enforced. You can get depressed about the progress, but on the other hand, you’re saving a lot of lives.”
Has Bloomberg ever been to either Colorado Springs or Pueblo? While neither are anywhere near the size of New York City, neither town is exactly…rural. Colorado Springs is actually the second largest city in Colorado. Further, according to Colorado Springs’ city government, “the City’s Streets Division is responsible for servicing over 7,431 lane miles of roadway, extending over a 194 square mile area.” And what about Pueblo? According to its city government, it has 1,200 miles of roads, thankyouverymuch.
But, this isn’t about technicalities. This is about a mindset. Michael Bloomberg, with his nannystate ways, thinks he knows better than Coloradans, and this statement proves that he has no idea what he’s talking about when it comes to Colorado. Even worse is his condescension of the will of the voters in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. The recalled Senators represented the worst in our legislative system – members who placed the priorities of special interests before the will of the very people they were meant to represent.
But what’s truly terrible is that Governor Hickenlooper has absconded his responsibilities as Governor to a man who is so dismissive of Coloradans.