Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bunch of really bad gun laws while in office. Bad enough that governors across the state actually sued him. Now that it’s an election year, he’s really sorry about that:
Governor John Hickenlooper is offering an apology to some of his fiercest rivals on the issue of gun control: Colorado’s sheriffs.
The governor’s mea culpa came Friday when he spoke before an assembled group of sheriffs from around Colorado.
A Hickenlooper spokesman confirms that the Governor apologized to the sheriffs for not meeting with them prior to the passage of gun control bills they opposed. Hickenlooper also said his administration didn’t do a good job anticipating pushback on gun control. According to his spokesman, Hickenlooper pledged better communication in the future.
Interesting that he didn’t apologize for violating their rights, just not talking with them about before he did it.
Jazz Shaw wonders why this apology, right now, to this audience:
as recently as last month, the conventional wisdom was that the crisis was past, Hickenlooper was out of the woods, and was sitting on a somewhat slim but still manageable seven point lead in the polls. He’s been faced with a number of other decisions which have drawn some of the attention away and mended a few fences, including some controversial drilling legislation and his veto of a water management bill which environmentalists had been pushing for.
But if things were looking cozy enough to save his seat at the Governor’s mansion, why offer an olive branch to the Sheriffs now?
Because he knows something we don’t. Shaw and Moe Lane both wonder what Hickenlooper’s internal polls show.
I think his actions are telling us all.