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Demento

McKinley's definitely got the best 'stache but that hat's got to stay in the truck.

gocart

Yeah McKinley does have a great 'stache but Jim Kerr has that crazy eye

ColoBLT

McKinley's got the best 'stache for sure. So are we going to have a "stache-off" with all the previous winners?

DIAwingman

Hickenlooper makes it official in a email to city employees-- he's NOT running for Colorado Gov. (see paragraph #4)

Dear City Employees,

Before anything, I want to once again thank all city employees. This week’s TIME Magazine includes me in an article describing the Five Best Big-City Mayors in America. As hopefully you all know, this article is not about me; it is about the entire city workforce.

As I told TIME Magazine and as I have said in every media interview since the article was released, this was a team effort. Pitchers and quarterbacks don’t win games; teams do. The success we have had to date would not have been possible without the hard work, creativity and sacrifice of the entire city team. From our appointees who left careers in the private sector, non-profit sector and municipal governments around the country – to city employees who spend each day making our city a better place to work and live – to the members of City Council who work tirelessly on behalf of our community – we all share this honor. This article confirms the fact that Denver is now recognized as the top-tier, world-class city we always knew it was.

Thanks to all of you for helping to make this recognition possible. We still have a great deal of work to do, and I believe the best is yet to come.

As you may be aware, there has been much speculation in the media about whether I should run or will run for governor in 2006. Let me assure you, I am not – nor have I been – seeking the office of Governor.

As I’m sure you all remember, there were serious doubts when I was elected mayor as to whether someone from outside of politics could effectively take the reins of the city. If the interest in my running for governor means that we have translated business and nonprofit experience into effective governance, then I am flattered. It is a great compliment to all of your hard work.

Throughout my mayoral campaign and for my past 21 months as Mayor, I have operated from the principle that what is good for the region and the state is good for Denver. I have reached out to the region and the state to support cooperative endeavors that, in the end, benefit everyone. This approach was never part of a political strategy to seek statewide office; it was – and continues to be – a genuine effort to do what is best for the city we serve.

For the past 21 months, you have heard time and again how much I love being the mayor of Denver. I always knew it was an important job, but until I started working with the City team, I never imagined how rewarding and fulfilling it could be. In a democracy, there is truly no better job than being mayor, where every day you directly impact your community.

Thank you again for your hard work and for allowing us to achieve a level of national recognition that both you and the city clearly deserve.

Sincerely,

Mayor John W. Hickenlooper

Strider

Told yah . . . ;-)

sparky

Looks like it's about time to update the ole' Governor Line.

Ter Ducken

This discussion has already happened under the Governor Grab Bag post. There is nothing official whatsoever in that letter. At no point does he say "I will not run for Governor in 2006." He's probably leaning against it, but you can't say that that letter proves he's not running.

Keith

Ter Ducken- see paragraph # 4.

sparky

I guess that's what he is going to have to say - "I am not going to run for governor in 2006."

"Let me assure you, I am not – nor have I been – seeking the office of Governor." - just doesn't cover it, eh?

Strider

What! Come on now.

"As you may be aware, there has been much speculation in the media about whether I should run or will run for governor in 2006. Let me assure you, I am not – nor have I been – seeking the office of Governor."

What more does he have to say?

Ter Ducken

Most of you have been around politics for awhile, so you should know that it's more about what you DON'T say than what you do say. Hickenlooper always says a variation of the same thing (I have not been pursuing the office of governor), and this is no different.

That line is a lot different than saying: "I will not run for governor in 2006." If you're not running, that's what you say. You don't dance around it. He's probably leaning against it, but he won't close the door.

Maybe we just read this differently, but there is no definitive statement in that letter in my mind. He only needs to say one thing to end the speculation once and for all, and he won't say it. That, to me, is the most telling thing of all.

Keith

$3100. says Hick is not running.

Strider

I hear your bet and raise you $39,000.

Hugo Oconor

Although I personally don't think he is running, I think that Ter Ducken has a point. The letter does leave Hick wiggle room. He still may come back in 6 months and say that he was approached by the party and has decided to run.

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