Good luck to the spunky Kathy Green: Talk about grace under fire

I couldn’t keep up with reporters’ calls when our statewide voter registration system went down for 29 minutes on Election Day.

Communications director Kathy Green and her boss, Gov. John Hickenlooper. (Green photo)
Communications director Kathy Green and her boss, Gov. John Hickenlooper. (Green photo)

My inbox, my cellphone, my landline, they all exploded with activity and soon the press was calling other people at the Colorado Secretary of State’s office because they couldn’t get through to me.

That’s when I realized this is what it must be like every day, all day for Kathy Green, the spokeswoman for Gov. John Hickenlooper. Is Hick going to be Hillary Clinton’s VP pick? Is Hick going to be in her cabinet? I need to talk to someone in Human Services or Corrections or Transportation or Whatever. Is the governor available to talk about this, that, the other thing? Maybe the Gold King Mine spill or Syrian refugees or oil-and-gas.

When I visit Green in her office at the Capitol it is crazy, but she still lets out that wonderful laugh.

Hickenlooper is going to miss her. Green’s last day on the job is Jan. 13, the day after the governor delivers his seventh State of the State speech. She is is going to form a consulting firm — her previous career —  where she will handle communications and strategic planning.

Green plans to spend more time with her husband, Daybreak anchor Tom Green, and her family.

And she plans to slow down a little. That’s impossible when you work for a governor. That’s why she told Team Hickenlooper in November that she was going to move in a different direction.

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Busy times at the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office

Gov. Bill Owens and his El Paso County campaign chairman during Owens' 2002 re-election bid. Owens went on to win in a landslide and Williams won his first term as county commissioner. Williams now is Colorado secretary of state. (Williams photo)
Gov. Bill Owens and his El Paso County campaign chairman, Wayne Williams, during Owens’ 2002 re-election bid. Owens went on to win in a landslide and Williams was elected to his first term as county commissioner. Williams now is Colorado secretary of state. (Williams photo)

When I left journalism to become the spokeswoman for the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, people said I’d be bored, that I’d pack it in within a few weeks.

Bored? Hardly. This is no sleepy state agency. Thing are happening at the Secretary of State’s Office — and not just because an election activist or two or three might need another hobby.

But I do miss writing for The Spot, The Denver Post’s award-winning political blog. As Kathy Green, the spunky spokeswoman for Gov. John Hickenlooper, likes to say, “If Lynn Bartels doesn’t blog about it, did it really happen?”

Over the years, first for the Rocky Mountain News and then for the Post, I chronicled the engagements, weddings and births — and not always in that order! — of a variety of people involved in Colorado politics. Sandwiched between news about party chairmanship problems or a wild U.S. Senate race or legislative hearings on gun-control measures, these blog items helped make politicians what they are: human.

George Merritt, the spokesman for Hickenlooper’s first gubernatorial run in 2010, celebrated the birth of twin daughters in 2012.

“Political consultant George Merritt  hasn’t been this happy since Dan Maes won the GOP gubernatorial primary,” I wrote in The Spot.

Rep. Jon Keyser, his wife Emma, and their new baby, Jack. (Keyser photo)
Rep. Jon Keyser, his wife Emma, and their new baby, Jack. (Keyser photo)

So I’m ecstatic that my new boss, Secretary of State Wayne Williams, has encouraged me to write a blog — and let me lift a picture from his office to run with my first piece. I laughed when one of  our tech guys asked who was in the picture with former Gov. Bill Owens.

The first baby to make the new blog:  Jonathan “Jack” Wyatt Keyser, the second child of Rep. Jon Keyser, R-Morrison, and his wife, Emma. Jack, who arrived Thursday morning, is the latest in a wave of Capitol babies. He joins a  sister,  Elleanor, who is 2.

Some days on the blog I might take a deeper look at what is going on at the office, an innovative program underway or another award the staff racked up. Just this week, the good folks who raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital praised our operation, saying Colorado has the best charitable registration system in the country.

Other days, well, stay tuned.