Hickenlooper  Knocks  Colo.  Senator  Bennet  on  Absence  of  Executive  Experience

Hickenlooper Knocks Colo. Senator Bennet on Absence of Executive Experience

By Anne Rowe for DPS board, March 19, 2019

Sen. Michael Bennet / Getty Images

BY: Todd Shepherd

Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper knocked Senator Michael Bennet’s presidential hopes, saying his fellow Coloradan’s period in government is lacking in executive experience.

The swipe is obvious for the fact that Hickenlooper was something of a sponsor to Bennet’s early profession in public service. Bennet was chief of staff while Hickenlooper was mayor of Denver. Bennet also went on to serve as Denver Public Schools superintendent while Hickenlooper was still mayor.

“Michael Bennet is one of my preferred individuals in the world and I believe he is a terrific senator, much much better than I ever would be. And if he wants to get into the presidential race, you know, I’m all for it,” Hickenlooper began.

“Not unlike the other senators, I have a extremely various history than Michael does. And you know, he has, he is really brilliant at thinking through complex concerns, however I put on’t think he most likely has the exact same level of experience that I do in terms of bringing teams together and really, you understand, getting stuff done. Truly moving things forward.”

Hickenlooper’s remarks came at the South by Southwest celebration in Austin, where many governmental hopefuls appeared at the tech, media, and development conference which has become one of the largest of its kind in the country.

Promoting his own experience as an executive in government as opposed to a legislator is emerging as a style for the two-term governor, just as it is for others such as Washington Governor Jay Inslee and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

However, the traditional knowledge that citizens choose a prospect with executive experience when considering the greatest executive workplace in the land has therefore far been turned upside down in the 2020 cycle, as senators in the Democratic field such as Kamala Harris (Calif.), Cory Booker (N. J.), and Bernie Sanders have harvested most of the media attention hence far.

Bennet, on the other hand, has kept a lower profile in his Senate profession than those names, but made waves on social media when he unleashed a tirade on the senate flooring while discussing the government shutdown from earlier in the year.

Bennet, who has not revealed a presidential candidateship, later on utilized the attention as the basis for trial-balloon social media ads in the early voting states of New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada, and South Carolina.

In certifying himself strictly as an executive personality, Hickenlooper has also now shut the door to a possible Senate run in 2020 against Republican incumbent Cory Gardner, who Democrats hope to pick off next year in an effort to win a Senate bulk.

As Hickenlooper has looked for to portray himself as a “doer” instead of a deliberator, lots of media stories, experts, and Colorado Republicans state Hickenlooper’s legacy is defined more by equivocation than leadership.

“There is no problem that the governor has ever stated ‘here, and no farther,'” said local district lawyer George Brauchler, a Republican politician. “There is no principle so essential it outweighs the need to be liked.”

H/T John Frank of the Colorado Sun.