DENVER–He delivered Peyton Manning to Denver, but can he deliver the vote for Mitt Romney?
John Elway jumped into the campaign fray Friday night with an email on behalf of the Republican candidate for president, asking supporters to “give Mitt a Mile High Welcome” on the eve of the presidential debate.
“It is very rare for me to reach out to friends and colleagues about politics, but this upcoming election is too important for me to sit on the sidelines,” said Elway.
“The vote is extremely close in the swing states, like Colorado, that will decide this election. I know it has been said before but this is the most important election of my lifetime.”
The former Denver Broncos quarterback may be the most famous person in Colorado, and his endorsement could be a game-changer for Romney. The Republican is running neck-and-neck President Obama in Colorado despite the Democrat’s heavy advertising spending in the Denver media market.
The candidates are slated to appear Wednesday in Denver for the first presidential debate.
“Next week will be an exciting week here in the Mile High City! Mitt Romney will be at the University of Denver for the first Presidential debate,” said Elway. “Please help me give Mitt a Mile High Welcome and consider contributing $50, $250, $1,000 or whatever you can via my secure Romney Victory website link.”
Elway isn’t the first Denver Broncos executive to declare sides in presidential politics. In 2000, former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan held a campaign rally for George W. Bush at Dove Valley. Shanahan’s daughter Krystal was the college roommate of Bush’s daughter Jenna.
Now the Broncos’ executive vice-president of football operations, Elway has generally maintained a low profile politically, preferring to compete in the private sector with his business interests. Republicans tried without success to convince him to run for Congress after he retired from football in 1998.
Coloradans should see plenty of the candidates next week. Obama is reportedly planning to hold a post-debate rally Thursday in Colorado.
Romney, who made campaign stops earlier this week in Jefferson County and Pueblo, is scheduled to appear Monday at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver.
“There are only 39 days until the November Election!” said Elway in the email. “I hope you’ll join me in sending a clear message that Mitt Romney is the best candidate to serve as our next President.”