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Greene: Hickenlooper has city “management problems”

Posted by WhoSaidYouSaid on February 7th, 2010
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Denver Post columnist Susan Greene today teed up gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper for saying “a recession like this really is driven by people’s mental state.”

And there may be more to come from Greene, particularly on Hickenlooper’s governance of Denver as mayor since 2003.

“There is definitely a myth that he walks on water; he can do no wrong,” said Greene on the Jan. 29 “Independent Thinking” TV show. “Has he been vetted fully the way that he’ll be vetted in this race? No, I don’t think so.”

Asked for specifics, she cited the parks department and public safety.

“I think that he’s got some management problems,” she said [at 2:26]. “And I think that will come out as this race progresses.”

Greene said later [at 8:45] that she would favor a primary in which five candidates compete for the Democratic nomination for governor, rather than having Hickenlooper be the presumptive nominee.

She ripped Hickenlooper in today’s column for his comments on the economy a few days ago.

“It’s not mental dysfunction that’s causing Coloradans to cut back their spending and look skeptically at their financial future,” Greene wrote. “It’s reason and rationality based on watching people we know lose their livelihoods. Anyone who’s not worried is either wealthy like Hickenlooper or out to lunch.”

Other critiques of Hickenlooper’s remarks:

John Hickenlooper On David Sirota: Recession Partly An Attitude Problem, The Huffington Post

Hickenlooper ducks tax debate, talks of “mental” recession, Fox 31 - KDVR

Hope, change and recession, Hickenlooper-style, WhoSaidYouSaid

[Updated 2/7/10 with Hickenlooper's quote.]

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