Wasn't John Hickenlooper hired by the voters of Colorado to be a wonky, middle-of-the-road guy? So how did he become such a hard lefty taking marching orders from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg?
Gov. John Hickenlooper ignited a political firestorm with his comments Friday to Colorado's sheriffs, saying he was unaware they wanted to meet with him in 2013 to discuss their concerns over proposed gun laws until it was too late and he had no idea the measures would be so controversial.
Hickenlooper also told the County Sheriffs of Colorado at their biannual meeting, held in Aspen, that he regretted not having all the facts when he signed the bills into law.
Press accounts show Hickenlooper tried to charm the sheriffs, who sued him over the gun bills. But within hours, the effort backfired.
Montezuma County Sheriff Dennis Spruell kicked off the brouhaha when he wrote about Hickenlooper's apology on the department's Facebook page as the governor was speaking. By noon Monday, almost 95,000 people had read the post.