Update: Who are we kidding…as if reporters are working this late on Good Friday. We went ahead and took matters into our own hands and sent the questions directly to Governor Hickenlooper’s press aide. We will let you know what we hear.
Our View: Hickenlooper's 100-day honeymoon has lulled Capitol reporters into not asking Hick the obvious questions.
"Governor, do you think that the Western Slope and Eastern Plains should be divided in the way that your party in the legislature has advocated?"
"Governor, do you think El Paso County and its five military bases is a community of interest that should remain intact?"
"Governor, do you support the Brandon-Mander?"
"Governor, do you think Boulder County and Mesa County should be lumped in the same Congressional District?"
"Governor, redistricting is a little bit of a big deal. Did it occur to you that, with legislative leadership at logger-heads, maybe the CEO of the state should weigh in?"
You don't have to be Woodward, Bernstein or Karen Crummy to have thought up these very obvious questions for our Fair Haired Governor, John Hickenlooper.
All week, Democrats and Republicans have been locked in a very visible struggle over redistricting. Our sources tell us that multiple entreaties have been made from both sides of the aisle to draw Hickenlooper into the negotiation, but that those requests have been rebuffed by Hickenlooper.
And why not. If given his druthers, why in the world would Hickenlooper want to get drug into this partisan affair?
BECAUSE IT'S HIS DAMN JOB, that is why.
Thinking about job descriptions, it is the job of Capitol reporters to ask the Governor these questions, even if it interrupts their regularly scheduled make-out sessions.
Loyal readers of this site know that we have a soft spot for Hick's administration thus far. Frankly, he has been tougher on the budget than Republicans named Tom Massey.
But that doesn't mean that he (or the press) get to sit out a debate as important as redistricting.
Get in the game Hick, and Capitol reporters too. And feel free to use the above questions as a cheat sheet if needed; no payment or attribution required.