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