West Virginia secretary of state ties one on for benefit of Wayne Williams

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. (WVA photo) )

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner showed up at the National Association of Secretaries of State winter conference  Friday with clothing aimed at Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

“See this?” Warner asked, as he proudly showed off his green tie with the “M” logo for Marshall University.

Marshall’s Thundering Herd defeated the Colorado State Rams 31-28 in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque last December.

The two secretaries of state waged a friendly bet beforehand: Each would make a $50 donation to a local food bank in the name of the winning team.

“Just make that check out in honor of Marshall Thundering Herd. Send photos — you’ll be a hero in Huntington,” Warner texted Williams afterward. “Then, even you can say, ‘We are all MARSHALL!’”

So Williams got a tiny taste of his own medicine. Two years ago at NASS’ winter conference in D.C., Williams showed up in a Denver Broncos T-shirt, fresh from watching the Super Bowl parade right outside his office in Denver. He wore some kind of Broncos paraphernalia for three straight days.

The secretary of state who had to grin and bear it was North Carolina’s Elaine Marshall. She and Williams also had made a food-bank wager.

Big Rick Enstrom takes a big fall at the Republican assembly

A hurting Rick Enstrom from his hospital bed at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs on Saturday.
A hurting Rick Enstrom from his hospital bed at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs on Saturday.

At 6-foot-5, Jefferson County Republican Rick Enstrom was trying to get in the back row when supporters for Sentate candidate Jerry Natividad took the stage at the Colorado Republican assembly Saturday.

Enstrom took a step backward to the stage curtain but discovered there was no stage left.

He went straight down 4 feet — missing a pole by a mere inches –and  landed on concrete. He broke three ribs in his back.

“I think my ego is as badly broke as my ribs after taking a digger in front of 6,000 people,” Enstrom said. “Jerry felt so bad. He was back there holding my hand and I said, ‘Get out there and talk to people.'”

Enstrom is convalescing at his Lakewood home.

“I’m not even close to OK. I have to get off the couch on my hands and knees,” he said. “It’s ribs. There’s nothing you can do about it but tough it out.”

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Arapahoe County GOP piggybacks on Secretary Wayne Williams’ food bank bet

Arapahoe County elections deputy Jennifer Morell and Clerk and Recorder Matt Crane with food their office donated as part of the Colorado Secretary of State's Super Bowl bet.
Arapahoe County elections deputy Jennifer Morell and Clerk and Recorder Matt Crane with food their office donated as part of the Colorado Secretary of State’s Super Bowl bet.

Arapahoe County Republicans are borrowing a page from Secretary of State Wayne Williams and will participate in a food drive at their county assembly on March 19.

County chairwoman Joy Hoffman said she was inspired by the Super Bowl bet between Williams and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. Both secretary of state offices collected goods for their respective food banks, Food Bank of the Rockies and Food Bank of Central and Eastern Carolina.

Because the Broncos were victorious, the goods to both food banks were donated in the name of the Denver Broncos.

The bet garnered plenty of national attention and praise. “We could all win this bet,” read the headline in a North Carolina paper.

“Wayne certainly kicked off the idea in my mind,” Hoffman said. “It was such a positive idea.”

Also collecting food on behalf of the Colorado Secretary of State’s office was Enstrom Candies, the Denver clerk and recorder and elections division and the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

Super Bowl ends on a high note for the hungry, Denver Broncos fans

Secretaries of State Elaine Marshall of North Carolina and Wayne Williams of Colorado got plenty of publicity over their Super Bowl bet to help their local food banks.
Secretaries of State Elaine Marshall of North Carolina and Wayne Williams of Colorado got plenty of publicity over their Super Bowl bet to help their local food banks.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has worn a Denver Broncos shirt three days in a row while in Washington D.C., not to rub it in to his fellow secretaries of state about this year’s Super Bowl champion, oh no, but to express his pride in the team.

He wore one Tuesday and Wednesday and donned Broncos paraphernalia again Thursday because it was the first time he was going to see North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, who had wagered a Super Bowl bet with Williams that the Carolina Panthers would prevail in the big game.

The beneficiaries of the bet were the local food banks in North Carolina and Colorado, which each received more than 1,100 pounds of all kinds of food, from peanut butter to mac-and-cheese to tuna.

Williams is attending the National Association of Secretaries of State’s winter conference. He is co-chair of NASS’ Elections Committee and will serve on a panel Friday afternoon on voting issues. (I’m on a media panel the same day.)

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Denver Broncos: a season full of twists, turns and an amazing conclusion. Sound familiar?

The Denver Broncos celebrate their victory over the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game Sunday Jan. 14, sending them to the Super Bowl. From left to right are No. 92 Sylvester Williams, No. 16 Bernie Fowler and No. 23 Ronnie Hillamn. Photo by Evan Semón for CBS4/Special to the Colorado Secretary of State)
The Denver Broncos celebrate their victory over the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game Sunday Jan. 14, sending them to Super Bowl 50. From left to right are No. 92 Sylvester Williams, No. 23 Ronnie Hillman and No. 16 Bernie Fowler. (Photo by Evan Semón for CBS4/Special to the Colorado Secretary of State)

“I’ll never forget Elway with the guys carrying him on their shoulders and all the confetti. He was crying. That was about the point it hit me.”

One of my favorite stories about the Denver Broncos’ first Super Bowl win in 1998 was written a decade later, looking back at the wild run that  ended with a victory over the Green Bay Packers.

In 2007, wide receiver Rod Smith compared the 1997 season to recess.

“You go to school in the morning and they ring the bell for recess and then they didn’t ring the second bell for you to go in,” he said at the time. “I swear, the whole year was like recess.”

The Broncos play in their eighth Super Bowl Sunday, taking on the Carolina Panthers. Here’s hoping that in 2025, there’s a story written about this magical season and how the Broncos won their third Super Bowl.

And let’s not forget how a Super Bowl bet this year between Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall benefited the hungry.

Here’s the 10-year anniversary story, which appeared on Sept. 5, 2007:

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