PUEBLO – Voters might be forgiven for questioning Sen. Angela Giron’s priorities and time management. Facing a recall election, Giron refused to talk about issues in a public forum – but the Democrat uses her office under the gold dome in Denver to share tips on second-hand shopping, personal photos and Dancing with the Stars memories.
“My most favorite hobby is second-hand shopping,” confesses Giron who was filmed by staff of the state Senate Majority. “I have been doing it for a while, but now everybody is onto it.”
“But in the past 20 years, you didn’t necessarily tell anyone, but now it’s kind of the in thing to tell everyone that you got this five dollars,” she explains. “But you have to go a lot – that’s my biggest tip.”
“And then you bargain with people and that’s what’s fun because you get to build relationships with the people who run the stores,” added Giron.
The Democrat shares her memories of dancers “ripping their clothes off” and lifting their partners during a Pueblo fundraiser based on Dancing with the Stars.
“The competition was incredible!” exclaims Giron, who also danced in the event. “We weren’t doing that but we did do a really good salsa.”
Viewers are treated to Giron’s photo collection in her Senate office – a mix of family, Democrat politicians and her supporting instate tuition for undocumented students.
“It says to ‘My favorite Senator,” said Giron of a photo of her with U.S. Sen. Mark Udall signed by the lawmaker.
The video, titled “Meet Angela Giron,” was posted by the Colorado Senate Democrat majority, after the campaign effort to recall the lawmaker was underway. The video, which was produced with taxpayer resources, does not address any legislation or valid issues.
But while Giron found time to discuss salsa dancing and second-hand store shopping, she refused discuss legislation and policy in a public forum with Republican candidate George Rivera. If voters recall Giron on Sept. 10, they may then vote for Rivera to hold her SD 3 seat.
Rivera personally invited Giron to an “open and public forum” to share their positions on issues such as water rights, a Democrat-backed renewable energy mandate, public education and the 2nd Amendment.
“Senator Giron, come out of the shadows and backroom closed door ‘town halls,’” demanded Rivera. “Let us share with the Senate District 3 constituency just where we differ on critical issues.”
“This is not a typical election, it’s an election to undo the 2010 election,” said Giron in an email to the Pueblo Chieftain.
The Democrat lawmaker rejected Rivera’s invitation, but then claimed she was open to a public forum. It hasn’t happened, and some critics say it represents a pattern.
Giron refused to discuss gun-control bills at a Feb. 16 town hall meeting in Pueblo.
“It’s my town hall,” said Giron, explaining to attendees that she sets and controls the agenda.
Confronted by gun rights backers who asked if she would protect their constitutional rights, the lawmaker hedged.
“I look at each piece of legislation individually… I don’t believe it’s a yes or no question,” Giron said.