Yesterday, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper told reporters that he cannot sign the current version of a bill that would ease efforts to unionize Colorado’s fire fighters.  The Peak predicted this rift in the Democratic Party last month as negotiations began.  According to the Denver Post, Hick sent a letter to Democratic leadership that read, in part:

“As a former mayor, I respect the positive good that can result from collective bargaining.  In Denver, we successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements with the firefighters’ union. In those negotiations, we operated with the mutual understanding that we must take into consideration the shared interests of making responsible use of taxpayer funds, prioritizing the well-being and safety of the public and ensuring the safety of the firefighters themselves.”

Hick’s revelation may cause discontent with the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Small Donor Fund.  While it doesn’t appear that the fire fighters contributed directly to Hick, the organization did give over $217,000 to Democratic candidates during the 2012 election cycle.  That’s not even counting the donations that came from other like-minded fire fighters’ organizations.  Hick has a reputation for playing it safe on controversial issues, and this one is no different.
Then again, when a Democratic bill makes it through the Senate with just one “no” vote from the left, and still draws criticism from the Mayor of Boulder, it may be time to re-evaluate.