A recent Denver Post profile of Colorado State House Speaker Dickie Lee Hullinghorst might irritate some Democrats here in Colorado. While the profile was not horrible, it compared incoming Speaker Hullinghorst to (gasp) the reviled U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, one of the least-liked public figures in office right now. Here’s what The Post wrote:
Yet Hullinghorst, with her résumé deep in party politics and liberal causes, is the kind of party figurehead — like [U.S. Rep.] Nancy Pelosi — who fires up the base.
“Dickey Lee Hullinghorst is obviously a talented leader, but she strongly represents that liberal wing,” said Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli.
While The Post‘s assessment of Hullinghorst is accurate, a comparison to Pelosi is no compliment. Pelosi is one of the best known, least liked Members of Congress, according to polls. In fact, alignment with Pelosi is so toxic that the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and Team Coffman turned two-time losing candidate Andrew Romanoff’s allegiance to Pelosi into a millstone around his neck.
Of course, Hullinghorst is from the liberal motherland, Boulder, and her constituents likely view this comparison favorably. They probably also viewed her role as liaison for U.S. Rep. Jared Polis’ anti-fracking, job killing ballot measures as a positive thing, too.
Unfortunately, now that Hullinghorst is the Speaker of the State House, she’s charged with setting the legislative agenda to an extent. As we mentioned in an earlier post, her election to this position sends a signal that the Democratic Party is still feeding the beast (aka, the far left wing). If
Pelosi Hullinghorst drives the agenda as far left as she is, the 2015 legislative session could resemble 2013. To that we say, please, please, please. The self-inflicted wounds by Democrats that year were far worse than anything we could have said.