The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

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In Colorado, a Politico With a Real Sense of Humor

By · Apr, 30 2010

As all of the DC chattering class finds itself enraptured in it’s annual ritual of  ”Inside the Beltway” self-congratulatory humor, a politician with a true comedic flair is running for Colorado Governor.

Democratic candidate John Hickenlooper – a former brewer and current Mayor of the Mile High City reveals his self-deprecating sense of humor when he asks, ”When vultures start circling, that’s bad right?”  in this fundraising appeal:

john hickenlooper fill the tank image.JPGContribute quick, or Hick could be carrion.

Full email text below the fold:

Dear XX,

Sorry to bother you on a Sunday, but I’ve been on the side of the road for the last few days, and I have to ask you: When vultures start circling, that’s bad right?

I’ve seen enough movies to know these buzzards think I’m a goner. The good news is that before my phone went dead, my finance director called to tell me we’re only $4,254 away from meeting our $30,000 goal.

Click here to contribute before the midnight deadline — please don’t leave me stranded.

Hang tight, she said.

Well I’m hanging, but we’ve only got a few hours before the reporting deadline tonight — and we just need $4,254 to meet our goal!

With your help, we can do this. If we meet our goal for the quarter, we’ll be able to campaign our way, running up the odometer and talking with every Coloradan we can. And we won’t run negative ads. Heck, we might even be funny every now and then.

Please click here to contribute $5 or more before midnight… Shhh. I think I hear coyotes. Get me on the road again!

Thanks again,

John Hickenlooper

P.S. All kidding aside, this is a big deadline for us, and we can’t thank you enough for your generosity and support.

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