The Fightin’ Granny fights no more

Rep. Gwyn Green, D-Golden, and William Kane, 10, of Lakewood, during a news conference at the state Capitol in 2008. William had urged the lawmaker to pursue a resolution making skiing and snowboarding the official winter sports of Colorado. Green died Wednesday at the age of 79. (George Kochaniec Jr./Rocky Mountain News/ Western History/Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library)

“The Fightin’ Granny,” as former Rep. Gwyn Green was known, has died, unleashing a string of memories of the lawmaker, whose first victory in 2004 was so close it led to a recount.

She campaigned in a 1954 Chevy pickup that belonged to a fellow Jefferson County Democrat, Max Tyler, who succeeded Green when she resigned effective June 1, 2009, citing health concerns and a desire to spend more time with her grandchildren.

Ian Silverii, now the executive director of ProgressNow Colorado, credits Rep. Gwyn Green for his deep involvement in Colorado Democratic politics. (Silverri FB photo)

Among those who paid tribute to Green after news of her death spread was Ian Silverii, now the executive director of ProgressNow Colorado.

He wrote on his Facebook page how in 2007 he packed everything he owned in his grandfather’s 2001 Dodge Intrepid and drove from New Jersey to Colorado, where he managed his first state House campaign, for Green.

“Gwyn taught me everything about being progressive, having integrity, fighting the good fight and never letting up,” he wrote in part.

“I’ll never forget her infectious laugh, her tireless work ethic, and her short temper for injustice. Gwyn Green earned her nickname, ‘The Fightin’ Granny’ and she’s the one who taught me how to fight for what’s right.

“Rest in peace friend, I wouldn’t have this life without your mentorship and your trust in me. The world lost a warrior, and Colorado lost a legend.”

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OnSight Public Affairs’ holiday card is outta site

This year's holiday card from OnSight Public Affairs, featuring, left to right, Ben Davis, Anne Pogoriler, Curtis Hubbard and Mike Melanson.
This year’s holiday card from OnSight Public Affairs, featuring, left to right, Ben Davis, Anne Pogoriler, Curtis Hubbard and Mike Melanson.

I  realized I had a stack of unopened mail on the dining room table last night and discovered another awesome holiday card, and from one of my favorite political firms.

OnSight Public Affairs went with a “Star Wars” theme, which is perfect timing considering the latest hype over the latest installment. A movie card is included.

“May the holiday be with you!” the cover of the card reads, emblazoned over a galaxy.

The flip side shows the OnSight team —  Ben Davis, Anne Pogoriler, Curtis Hubbard and Mike Melanson — dressed as characters from Star Wars.

I have a long history with three team members.

Melanson, a founding partner, recalls that I physically threatened him during the 2003 Denver mayoral campaign, which I am sure I did. In today’s climate the police would probably be notified but back then it was called “working your sources.

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