When they were little boys, they lived across the state from each other but occasionally played together at the state Capitol when their dads brought them to work.
These days, Chase Penry and David Brophy live in the metro area and face each other on the basketball court. Chase attends Cherry Creek High School while David goes to Arapahoe High School.
The teens’ dads are former Sen. Josh Penry, who was from Grand Junction, and former state Sen. Greg Brophy, who was from Wray.
“It’s a small world after all,” the senior Brophy said. “As a parent in sports, it really changes the nature of the game when you know and truly like the opposition kids. You want him to play well, but his team to lose!”
The parade route went right by Williams’ office at 1700 Broadway — he captured a good picture of the orange- and blue-stripe painted on the street for his Facebook page — but he was headed to Washington for the National Association of Secretaries of State winter conference.
After he landed, Williams stopped by all seven congressional offices. In most cases, the representatives had had already headed to the floor for a nighttime vote, but the secretary did manage to catch up with two lawmakers, Republican Ken Buck of Windsor and Republican Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs.
Williams also had a chance to meet Buck’s new chief of staff, Mac Zimmerman, on his first day on the job. Zimmerman grew up in Denver but has lived in Grand Junction and previously worked for Congressmen Scott McInnis and Tom Tancredo, and for state Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry.
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.”
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.