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Democrat Matt Gray, his 2-year-old daughter, Ellie, and his newborn son, Theo.
Democrat Matt Gray, his 2-year-old daughter, Ellie, and his newborn son, Theo.

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.

Theo Gray.
Theo Gray.

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.

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.