Chris Romer leads round one of mayor's race, begins "Good morning, Denver" tour

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If you hurry, you can start your day with a helping of Chris Romer. The man who led the voting after the first round of the Denver mayor's race yesterday will be at Market Street Station at 7:30 a.m. -- the first stop in what he's calling his "Good morning, Denver" tour. And at 11 a.m., he'll star in a press conference focusing on his first steps as mayor. Says deputy campaign manager Zach Knauss, "It's full steam ahead."

At this writing, James Mejia, who finished the vote in third position, just a whisper behind second-place finisher Michael Hancock, has yet to concede. But that's not going to slow down Romer. "It doesn't matter who it is," Knaus maintains. "We're ready to move on to the next round."

Turnout for the initial balloting wasn't exactly off the charts, perhaps due to the enormous slate of hopefuls -- ten at the outset, with Carol Boigon dropping out along the way. Now that just two will be moving forward, "there should be some more participation by the voters," Knaus believes. "I think we'll get into the issues a little deeper -- and now that the choices are defined a bit more, it should be easier for people to decide."

There's a sense among political insiders that Mejia's constituency may be more naturally inclined toward Hancock than Romer, but Knaus says, "I don't know if that's necessarily true. I think they'll have a choice, and if they want a candidate who can bring jobs to Denver, a very clear choice -- and that's Chris."

Clarity has been a hallmark of the Romer campaign. Although some of his critics see him as scattershot, going in too many directions simultaneously, he's stayed on message well during the run-up to the runoff. "Jobs is key," Knaus stresses, "and also government efficiency and cutting red tape. But it's really important to get people back to work, and keeping the jobs that are here now."

Of course, money has spoken loudly as well. Romer and Hancock arguably had the strongest, largest organizations among all the candidates. But Knaus believes "a lot of people decided on Chris and Michael based on some of their issues."

Romer also has major name recognition thanks to his father, former Governor Roy Romer, who inspired the "Good morning, Denver" tour notion. "His dad did an 'oatmeal tour' -- having breakfast with Denver voters -- and we're doing the same kind of thing," Knaus notes. "Each morning, Chris's plan is to meet with Denver voters."

And hope they can nudge him above the 50 percent he'll need to win the mayor's race once and for all.

More from our Politics archive: "Chris Romer: A Denver mayor's race profile."

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A few questions I hope Westword asks Chris Romer that the Denver Post didn't have the nuts to:

1.) According to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), as late as May 1, your previous employer, JP Morgan continues to list your current status as "Under investigation by the US Department of Justice for Municipal Securities Crimes." Why?

2.) According to several experts, municipal securities fraud, which has cost taxpayers billions of dollars, was one the top 3 leading reasons for the Stock Market crash of 2009. What involvement did you have in the collusion efforts between Municipal Bond Brokers, Political Consultants and Municipal Governments that resulted in municipal bond failure?

3.) You say in your role as vice president with JPMorgan Chase, you worked on 500 deals worth more than $10 billion. Were/are any of these deals the subject of a DOJ municipal bond fraud investigation? Will you provide a list of these deals to the press?

3.)What is/was your relationship with David Rubin of CDR and are you one of the three former JP Morgan bankers currently the target of a wide-spread DOJ municipal bond fraud investigation for defrauding taxpayers of billions of dollars?

4.) As the Regional VP of Municipal Finance for JP Morgan, what was your role with Michael Bennet in the Denver Public School system pension fund scheme, which was cooked up by JP Morgan and ended up costing the DPS millions of dollars?

5.) Were you fired from JP Morgan due to your role in the New Mexico pay-to-play scandal that caused Gov. Bill Richardson an appointment to the Obama Cabinet as the Secretary of Commerce?

6.) If elected, will you recuse yourself from any municipal bond deals that come before the City of Denver?


Having had good success misrepresenting the Mayor as being responsibile for education in Denver, Romer now claims that he will "make sure each student strives to succeed" -- do voters really imagine that the Mayor can have a significant effect on individual student's motivation, much less "make sure each student strives to succeed"?!? About thirty percent of voters apparently are that dumb, or find nothing objectionable about Romer foisting off such preposterously self-serving crap as policy. Denver may not be capable of democracy. Wake up and smell the Romer!


Our only hope may be a federal indictment.

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