Brittany & Ian: “In sickness and in health, in wins and in losses”

Ian Silverii and Brittany Petterson’s wedding announcement picture in front of the Governor’s Mansion.

I love the story of how Ian Silverii and Brittany Pettersen met.

On a cold December day at the corner of 13th Avenue and Sherman Street, right in front of Denver’s version of Portlandia, City O’ City, and just a block from the state Capitol, Ian was headed to a meeting and Brittany was standing in the freezing cold with a clipboard.

Brittany Pettersen and Ian Silverii laugh as friends and family tell stories about them at their wedding.

“Do you have a minute to save the children?” she asked.

“No,” Ian replied, “but I have about 30 minutes to flirt with you.”

I burst out laughing when I read about that encounter on the couple’s wedding website. I met Ian when he had the good sense to introduce himself to me at Hamburger Mary’s and say he was a huge fan of my reporting. His line to Brittany in 2009 was so him: fast and funny.

Their wedding Saturday at the Governor’s Mansion was such a Demapalooza that Sen. Lois Court joked enough lawmakers were present to go into an emergency special session and vote to fund the energy office.

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Jason Kander’s candor delights Colorado Democrats

Jason Kander assembled a rifle while blindfolded in his U.S. Senate race, a topic that came up when he spoke to the Colorado Democratic Party at its annual dinner Saturday in Denver.

It turns out that the Missouri Democrat, who now is the president of Let America Vote,  hired the same ad man behind John Hickenlooper’s spot featuring the then-Denver mayor showering while clothed when running for Colorado governor in 2010.

“Jason ran, in my view, the best Senate campaign in 2016, Republican or Democrat,” U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado said when he introduced Kander.

“And it wasn’t just because of his good ads or his family or because he’s a compelling speaker. It was because of his character. Jason the candidate was no different than the father, the husband, the former intelligence officer, the Secretary of State.”

Ah, secretary of state.

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U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s son Thatcher steals the show — again

U.S. Sen. Cory and his wife, Jaime, and their children Thatcher, 5, Caitlyn, 2, and Alyson, 13, at the San Luis Valley Lincoln Day Dinner in Alamosa Saturday night. (SOS)

Once again, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s son has upstaged him, this time at the San Luis Valley Lincoln Day Dinner in Alamosa Saturday night.

Two years ago, Thatcher Gardner stole the show from state Senate President Bill Cadman at the Colorado Republican Party’s Centennial Dinner in the metro area. Thatcher was 3 at the time when he kept mimicking Cadman; he’s now 5 as he was happy to remind his dad.

Thatcher Gardner proudly displays where his tooth used to be. (SOS)

Gardner, the featured speaker at the dinner, was telling the crowd about when his son had worked on a school project that asked for favorite color and such. Thatcher, who was seated at the head table, was intent on his computer game.

“I think he was 4 at the time,” Gardner said.

“I’m 5,” Thatcher said, without looking up.

It was the second time the boy addressed the dinner.

The first time was when Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams spoke, after being introduced by Alamosa County Commissioner  Darius Allen, who praised Williams. Allen said when Williams served on the El Paso County Board of Commissioners he looked out for small, rural counties and was the commissioners’ go-to-guy on transportation. Williams talked about elections — and transportation.

“I didn’t care what affiliation the road was when it had a pothole in it,” Williams said, resulting in a big “Ha!” from Thatcher that drew a laugh from the crowd.

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Owens and Beauprez: “I don’t know if I could love anyone more”

Monica Owens Beauprez and her husband John Beauprez and their 2-day-old daughter, Sofia Frances. (Family photo)
Monica Owens Beauprez and her husband John Beauprez and their 2-day-old daughter, Sofia Frances. (Family photo)

Sofia Frances Beauprez crashed the party a bit early, possibly so she could share a little birthday magic with her grandfathers, former Gov. Bill Owens and former Congressman Bob Beauprez.

Sofia’s due date was Jan. 2, but when Monica Owens Beauprez went to the doctor on Dec. 20 she learned her daughter might actually be late.

Sofia Frances Beauprez.
Sofia Frances Beauprez.

Instead, Monica started having contractions the next night. She and her husband John Beauprez went to the hospital, and Sofia was born the next day, the best early Christmas present anyone could imagine.

Monica’s mother Frances and John’s mom Claudia helped cut the umbilical cord after what Monica termed a “fairly easy” labor. Sofia, who weighed 6 pounds 5 ounces, was born on Dec. 22.

“My dad and John’s dad were both born on the 22nd so it’s great,” Monica said.

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Clinton beats Trump — in Colorado

William Jennings Bryan in Denver, where he accepted the Democratic nomination for president in 1908. (Courtesy of the Denver Public Library Western History Collection)
William Jennings Bryan in Denver, where he accepted the Democratic nomination for president in 1908. (Courtesy of the Denver Public Library Western History Collection)

Colorado’s political historian, Dick Wadhams, did some digging when a former state representative asked: “When was the last time a Democratic candidate for president carried Colorado while a Republican was winning the presidency?”

The question from former Rep. Rob Witwer came after Democrat Hillary Clinton won Colorado on Nov. 8,  but Republican Donald Trump took the presidency.

Wadhams told former state Rep. Rob Witwer that “unless my research is wrong” the last time was in 1908 when  Democrat William Jennings Bryan carried Colorado but Republican William Howard Taft won the presidency.  Bryan won the Democratic nomination for president in 1908 in Denver.

Wadhams also noted that Republicans have carried Colorado during Democratic presidential victories:  1940, Roosevelt-Willkie; 1944, Roosevelt-Dewey; 1960, Kennedy-Nixon; and 1996, Bill Clinton-Dole.

Hillary Clinton will receive Colorado’s nine electoral votes during a ceremony in the governor’s office on Dec. 19.  Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams will participate in the ceremony.

*If your research shows something different, please let me know: Lynn.Bartels@SOS.state.co.us.

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