DENVER—Things are getting a little chippy between Gov. John Hickenlooper and Secretary of State Scott Gessler.
Gessler lobbed the first attack ad of the 2014 gubernatorial race Thursday at Hickenlooper shortly before the governor delivered his State of the State address to a joint session of the state legislature.
Even so, Hickenlooper followed protocol by thanking before his speech all elected state officials in attendance, including Gessler—although not without a jab.
“Our thanks as well to Attorney General John Suthers and Treasurer Walker Stapleton and to our Secretary of State—the dogged ‘honey badger’—Scott Gessler,” said Hickenlooper.
Gessler, one of six Republicans seeking the Republican nomination, released a video called “The Desk to Nowhere” showing an actor playing Hickenlooper goofing off at his desk in the middle of a field as a narrator criticizes his lack of leadership.
At one point, the actor wears headphones and plays the drums on his desk with pencils. A tag line says that “any resemblance to the governor is purely intentional.”
“When Hickenlooper does show up, he claims to be moderate, but governs like a liberal,” says the narrator as “Hickenlooper” puts a lava lamp on his desk.
The ad goes on to say that Gessler will provide “new conservative leadership for Colorado.”
“You see, Scott Gessler doesn’t wait around waiting for problems to fix themselves. He makes good things happen,” says the narrator.
Other Republicans seeking the nomination include state Sen. Greg Brophy (R-Wray), former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp (R-Golden), and former Rep. Tom Tancredo. The GOP primary is June 24.
The Gessler video can be viewed below.