Colorado candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate tried to woo Colorado’s ski industry last week, with some targeting the industry’s concerns and others sticking to their general campaign speeches.
Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, said the possibility of losing snowpack was one reason he supports comprehensive energy legislation seeking alternative fuels and caps on carbon dioxide emissions. Democratic Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff stuck to his stump speech, but added that global warming was a threat to future snowpack.
Republican Senate candidate Jane Norton said she opposed current proposals, such as Hidden Gems, to designate hundreds of thousands of acres of state land as federal wilderness areas. Her primary opponent, Ken Buck, when asked his position on the Hidden Gems proposal, admitted he was not familiar with it. Buck focused on changes to the worker visa program to secure seasonal employees.
The three gubernatorial candidates also appeared. John Hickenlooper, the Democratic candidate and Denver mayor, said the state needs to expand its marketing efforts for ski vacations, including smaller resorts. GOP candidate Dan Maes, an Evergreen businessman, stuck to his campaign speech. His primary opponent, Scott McInnis, a former congressman and state lawmaker, reminded the attendees that he “never had a vote in opposition to your interests.”
Perhaps most noteworthy was the number of ski days reported by each candidate: Senator Bennet managed to ski five days this past season, five times more than any of the three other senatorial candidates. Hickenlooper is the only gubernatorial candidate to have skied this past season, hitting the slopes three times.