Forty years ago this week: Denver developer and Democrat activist Kenneth Good has announced his support for Republican gubernatorial Phil Winn’s campaign, a major change he said he did not come about lightly.
Good had been a former backer to Governor Dick Lamm and a former member of Lamm’s Front Range Project. But Good said he had also known Winn for years and was a former client of his consultancy firm before Winn took a job with the Housing and Urban Development office in Washington DC.
Good said he had previously spoken to Jim Monaghan, the Democratic political genius from Colorado who organized Lamm’s 1974 campaign for governor.
“I told Jim about this about two months ago,” Good said. Colorado statesman, but declined to say how the influential Democratic power agent took the news.
“Dick turned eight,” Good said of Lamm. “And he had a lot of great ideas. I think he’s brilliant, but he didn’t know how to implement ideas, which is absolutely essential. Lamm will be difficult [to beat] … And it might not be better if you like to ride a winning horse.
Good said he hadn’t had a chance to speak to Winn in the past four or five months but had already donated to the campaign.
Winn pleaded ignorance and said he only learned of Good’s support when he picked up a copy of Rocky Mountain News while getting his shoes polished at Stapleton Airport after the landing his flight in Denver.
“I do not have and I will not look at the list of financial contributors to my campaign,” Winn said. “I don’t want to know who gave me at this point.”
Twenty years ago: The candidate for governor and president of the state Senate, Stan Matsunaka, D-Loveland, spoke at a meeting of the League of Voters in Estes Park, expressing his displeasure with the welfare reform.
Matsunaka proposed major changes to health care to the government and the option of adding a gasoline sales tax to pay for major road improvements. Matsunaka then called Governor Bill Owen’s plan to reallocate $ 250 million per year to a road fund as a “joke”. The $ 250 million, he said, was not enough to meet serious transportation needs in the state.
Highlighting problems with previous health care reforms that created “a larger class of working poor” and left many Coloradians unable to bear the costs, Matsunaka suggested that the state government establish price controls. health insurance.
A seemingly baffled Jim Cleary, a political consultant working in both Colorado and Nebraska, was present at the meeting and said Colorado statesman that Matsunaka “certainly did not hesitate to put his liberal program on the table”.
As a Democrat running in a Republican state, Cleary said, “Many members of both parties would tend to hide their true tendencies as a major election approaches.”
“The senator did not have to pay heed when Clinton’s proposals for massive government involvement in health care gave Republicans control of Congress,” Cleary said. “It’s always easy to woo voters by bemoaning the ‘high costs’ of … American life.”
Cleary argued that someone, probably taxpayers, should pay for more health care or that health services should be cut.
“Nothing in his proposal would do anything to increase the quality of care or make it cheaper,” Cleary said.
Rachael Wright is the author of the Captain Savva Mystery series, a graduate in political science and history from Colorado Mesa University, and a contributor to Colorado Politics and The Gazette.