The former speaker of the state House, the state director for Americans for Prosperity and a political couple with a number of campaigns under their belts are among the latest Colorado politicos welcoming babies.
Clark Albert Dunstone was due in late January but showed up on Dec. 28, 2015. He weighed 6 pounds 5 ounces despite the early arrival date.
“Clark told me he came 4 weeks early so that he could witness Michigan State defeat Alabama in person instead of just hearing muffled shouting from inside the womb! LET’S GO GREEN!!!!” proud dad Adam Dunstone wrote on Facebook Dec. 31.
(Perhaps Clark sensed the Crimson Tide would smoke the Spartans 38-0 so he showed up ahead of schedule to distract and console his father.)
“All I know is that Spartan Nation is always happy to gain another maniac rooting for the Green and White!” Dunstone said, when asked about the defeat. “And we are excited to add another Democrat to the rolls in Colorado.”
Dunstone managed Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall’s 2014 re-election bid, which fell short. He and his wife, Jennie Peek-Dunstone, who at one time was executive director of the Colorado Democratic Party, met in 2006 — on the campaign trail, of course. Jennie runs her own business, Alpine Public Affairs. Adam is a principal at Tightline Strategies and runs its Colorado operation.
Also arriving early was Weston Patrick McNulty, who was due Jan. 3 but showed up on Dec. 22. He was an early Christmas present for former Speaker Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, and his wife, lobbyist Shannon McNulty. Weston weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and arrived in time to be home with his family on Christmas morning. Big sister Victoria, who turns 3 in March, is a huge fan.
McNulty said he already has a gift for his son: a .22 he bought at a La Plata County GOP fundraiser years ago.
Another baby, Jericho Fields, was due Dec. 15 but in his case he showed up late, arriving Dec. 22. Jericho weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, according to his dad, Michael Fields, state director for AFP.
Fields reports that Jericho’s brother, 2-year-old Malakai, “couldn’t be more happy to be an older brother” and the baby and mother, Mele, are doing fine. Mele’s father was a linebacker in the NFL “so we are expecting big things — but no pressure,” Fields said in an e-mail.
Until then: “2016 is a big year, so as soon as they are ready, we will be putting the boys on door-to-door duty for AFP,” Fields joked.
UPDATE: The twin daughters of political power couple Josh Penry and Kristin Strohm are now both home. Sophie Valentine got to leave the hospital on Christmas Day, and Caroline Quinn on New Year’s Day. The girls, who were due in January, arrived Dec. 9 and are part of a large crew of new babies born in recent months to parents with political ties.