I realized I had a stack of unopened mail on the dining room table last night and discovered another awesome holiday card, and from one of my favorite political firms.
OnSight Public Affairs went with a “Star Wars” theme, which is perfect timing considering the latest hype over the latest installment. A movie card is included.
“May the holiday be with you!” the cover of the card reads, emblazoned over a galaxy.
The flip side shows the OnSight team — Ben Davis, Anne Pogoriler, Curtis Hubbard and Mike Melanson — dressed as characters from Star Wars.
I have a long history with three team members.
Melanson, a founding partner, recalls that I physically threatened him during the 2003 Denver mayoral campaign, which I am sure I did. In today’s climate the police would probably be notified but back then it was called “working your sources.
I got to know him well on Democrat Mark Udall’s successful 2008 U.S. Senate campaign. One of my favorite blog posts from the 2010 gubernatorial campaign involved Melanson, who ran Democrat John Hickenlooper’s successful campaign. I called the serious looking Melanson “the Ben Stein of Colorado politics.” When campaign spokesman George Merritt called me, he was laughing so hard he could barely talk.
I met Davis, another founding partner, when he lobbied me at the Capitol on the environment, one of my least favorite topics. He was considered a wunderkind because he got me to start writing about issues his folks cared about. “You’ve just got to know how to handle Bartels,” he would tell his colleagues — and he was right. Ask him about the famous ballot measure dust up.
Davis used to bring his enormous dog to the Udall headquarters and a couple of times when I was visiting someone would holler that the dog had done his business in the basement. I can still see Tara Trujillo rolling her eyes.
Hubbard is a former competitor and a former boss. He was the political editor for The Denver Post when I covered politics for the late, great Rocky Mountain News. When the News closed, the Post hired me and I worked for Hubbard until he became editor of the editorial page. He wrote me a note after the 2010 election that I still cherish, talking about my work ethic. When my family was in town one Christmas, he quietly let me go early on Dec. 24.
I like it that Hubbard regularly calls me here at my new job, spokeswoman for Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.