Governor John Hickenlooper focused his speech on unity. So naturally he started the State of the State address talking Denver Broncos.
“On behalf of all Coloradoans, I’d like to thank the Denver Broncos for giving us something to cheer for this season,” Hickenlooper said.
That gained applause from both sides of the aisle.
The governor touched on the tragedies no one would have thought Colorado would struggle through this past year.
“In the wake of the Waldo Canyon fire and the Aurora massacre, many of us thought we would never again experience a year like 2012,” Hickenlooper said.
Each season he said, came with almost unthinkable test. From the murder of Colorado prison chief Tom Clements last spring, to the wildfires and floods in the summer and fall and the Arapahoe shooting this winter.
“Despite every unforeseen test, everything that was thrown at us, the State of the State is strong,” Hickenlooper said.
Touting jobs, Hickenlooper said since January of 2010 Colorado added 170,000 jobs. But in particular he didn’t talk about two jobs that were lost last year. State Senators’ Angela Giron and John Morse were recalled in an historic election last fall. Hickenlooper barely touched on gun control.
“Guns are only a piece of the puzzle. Another clear piece is mental health,” Hickenlooper said.
It is an election year for the Governor. A fact not lost on Republicans.
“It partially is a campaign speech because he is trying to take credit for a lot of things...in the last 3 years he hasn't done a lot,” said Representative Janak Joshi from Colorado Springs.
Republicans hope Hickenlooper’s fourth State of the State is his last as Governor.