Dang it, Matt Gray, hours after I had finally written a blog about the latest political babies his son decided to make his debut.
Theodore James Gray, known as Theo, was born at 5:15 p.m. Friday.
When I lamented to Gray about his timing, he fired back with one of his perfect responses: “I asked Kaiser if we could induce early for that reason but they said no.”
Gray, an attorney, is the former chair of the Broomfield County Democratic Party, and a candidate for state House in 2016. He is running for the seat now held by Rep. Dianne Primavera, D-Broomfield.
He also was one of three pro bono copy editors when I wrote for The Denver Post’s political blog, The Spot. Either he, or state Sen. Chris Holbert (the son of a newspaper man) or Jack Wylie, a former state Senate spokesman turned legislative director for a state agency, would regularly send me e-mails. You’re missing a word. You have an extra word. I think you meant this or that. The tips came at all hours of the day and night and I will forever be grateful for their help.
About Theo. He was born at Good Samaritan in Lafayette. Vital stats: 7 pounds, 4 ounces and 21 inches.
“Good Samaritan is also where his 2-year-old sister Ellie was born and is across the street from the Gatehouse, where Katie and I got married in 2006,” Gray said, in an e-mail.
“When Ellie came to the hospital to visit after the birth, I hadn’t seen her in almost 24 hours but as soon as she saw me in the hallway instead of saying ‘hello’ or wanting a hug, the first thing she said was ‘Where’s Theo?'”
Also welcoming babies this month are former state Sen. Josh Penry and his wife, Kristin Strohm, a political consultant. They’re hoping to bring their twin daughters home by Christmas.
Irony:Jack Wylie e-mailed me to say I had misspelled his name in the blog.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams squeezed in a visit with Pitkin County Clerk Janice Vos Caudill and her staff when he attended an elections seminar in Aspen sponsored by The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Pew convened a bipartisan group of about 20 current and former secretaries of state to discuss challenges and opportunities to improve election administration in 2016 and beyond.
“The overall goal of Pew’s Election Initiatives team is to help election officials improve the cost-effectiveness, efficiency, accuracy, and convenience of elections,” said David Becker, director of elections initiatives for Pew. “We will be following up with several states about ways we can help them consider new technologies and ways in which better data may assist their efforts.”
Williams said that sharing “challenges and solutions” with both Republican and Democrat secretaries of state is “beneficial and interesting.”
Williams, who took office in January, headed for Aspen on Monday and left Tuesday with three secretaries of state whose flights out of Aspen had been canceled because of a snowstorm. Before taking off, he talked to the Pitkin County commissioners and the clerk’s office.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams jumped into action this week when a snowstorm hit the state, paralyzing traffic and canceling hundreds of flights.
Williams attended an election seminar in Aspen on Monday with other secretaries of state.
When flights out of Aspen were canceled, Williams played chauffer, making sure three conference participants got to Denver International Airport. Williams braved a challenging commute on Interstate 70 on Tuesday to drop off Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray and former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson at Denver International Airport.
A third secretary of state, Kim Wyman of Washington, spent the night at Williams’ home in Colorado Springs. He then got up in the wee hours to take her to DIA for her flight early Wednesday. She texted him from her seat in the plane at 7:54 a.m.
“Thanks so much for the VIP service last night and this morning! Tell Holly I enjoyed meeting her and appreciated staying in her VERY NEAT AND TIDY home. :-)” she wrote.
Williams later that morning appeared before the Joint Technology Committee at the state Capitol. When he crossed Colfax Avenue to get to his office at 1700 Broadway, he found a driver unable to get out of a snow pile to pull away from the curb. Williams helped push the car free.
“Our mission is to help people and apparently that includes talking people to the airport and pushing them out of a snowbank,” he said, with a laugh.