Editor’s Note: Since this story was posted, current House Speaker Terrance Carroll sent the following message to his Facebook friends: “Congrats to Frank McNulty and the Colorado House Republicans on winning the majority.” The term-limited Carroll, a lawyer in the Denver office of Greenberg Traurig, also said he felt “awful” about losing the House but was confident the Dems would retake control in 2012.
By Peter Marcus, DENVER DAILY NEWS
Democrats did cartwheels; Republicans cheered.
So, with both parties relatively pleased with election results, will there be more room for collaboration and compromise?
Both parties yesterday answered “yes,” from Governor-elect John Hickenlooper to likely new House Speaker Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch.
“Whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, I want to reach across the aisle and try and get everybody at the table and give them actionable roles so that their contributions matter,” Hickenlooper said yesterday during a news conference at the Capitol.
The governor-elect and current Denver mayor signaled that he is considering cabinet positions for Republicans, but he made no formal announcements.
Hickenlooper said his experience as a small business owner will help him to bridge divides to get the job done. He said his political experience is “severely limited,” noting that his new position as governor will only be his second role as an elected official, adding that he is “not politically astute.” He said his “limited” political experience will help him to reach out to Republicans.
“Our ability to work together is too important,” said Hickenlooper, drawing upon similar themes on which he ran during his gubernatorial campaign. “How can we all work together?”
Republicans claimed victory of the state House yesterday morning, despite cries from Democrats that their celebration was premature. The discrepancy over whether Republicans had snatched control of the House from Democrats focused on two key races in Districts 29 and 33.
Incumbent Rep. Debbie Benefield, D-Arvada, was losing by 221 votes to Republican challenger Robert Ramirez, with 100 percent of precincts reporting yesterday afternoon in District 29. Incumbent Rep. Dianne Primavera, D-Broomfield, was losing by 405 votes to Republican challenger Donald Beezley, with 95 percent of precincts reporting yesterday afternoon in District 33.