Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A frothy campaign season

Not to be outdone in the media's search for vacuous electoral comment, Rocky Mountain News' Daniel Chacon has found another hard-hitting story on the 2007 Denver municipal elections.

The story is entitled "Mayoral Hopeful Has a Beer Whoopsie":
The first meeting between Denver's mayoral candidates got off to a splash Tuesday.

Danny Lopez, who is challenging Mayor John Hickenlooper in the May election, spilled beer on Hickenlooper's lap when the two rivals met for lunch at Pints Pub, a couple blocks south of City Hall.

Really? That's the extent of our political conversation just a few weeks before the ballots are mailed? Perhaps there's some deeper meaning to the story, or political ill-will to be exposed.
Lopez, a supervisor in the city's Public Works Department, said he didn't do it on purpose.

"No, it was an accident," he said. "I have the utmost respect for him, both as the mayor and as my boss, and just as a fellow human being out there."

Chacon reports (via Hickenlooper) that candidate Danny Lopez wanted to get into the race in order to offer voters a "choice," but offers no hints as to the issues or concerns that define the political debate.

Which begs the question: What's our choice?

What are we voting on in May, if candidates and the media refuse to discuss issues?

On a related note, please visit the candidate questions below. As of this writing, only Council District 8's Carla Madison seems eager to engage substantive issues in this public forum.

Good for her. And for us. If only there were more like her, we wouldn't have to cry over spilled beer.

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