Video: John Hickenlooper's angry exchange with reporter latest example of his very hard year

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Photos, video below.
For Governor John Hickenlooper, it was a very hard week at the end of a hard year, filled with disasters both natural and man-made -- disasters Colorado is still struggling to understand. The frustrations that consumed Hickenlooper over the past twelve months came bubbling out during an interview about his friendship with a man whose son may have murdered Tom Clements, the slain prison boss being memorialized at 10 a.m. this morning in Colorado Springs; see the video below. But he's had plenty of practice dealing with frustrations.

It was on March 26, 2012 that Forest Service crew members noticed that embers from a prescribed burn conducted five days earlier in Jefferson County had crossed the containment line and called for backup.

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The North Fork Fire.
Too late. The North Fork Fire ultimately consumed more than 4,000 acres, killing three and doing $11 million in damage. And that was just the start of the very bad year.

There were more fatal fires last summer -- at one point, there were ten blazes burning in Colorado, including the High Park Fire outside of Fort Collins and the Waldo Canyon Fire on the edge of Colorado Springs. And then came the gunfire.

On July 20, a gunman opened fire on a theater full of people watching a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. A dozen people died, and dozens were injured.

"2012 was a hard year," Hickenlooper said during his State of the State speech in January. And it wasn't over yet.

Last Wednesday, on the eight-month anniversary of the Aurora shootings, Hickenlooper signed three gun-control measures that had rolled through the Colorado Legislature. The night before, the governor had gotten word that Tom Clements, director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, had been murdered in his own home.

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Jack Ebel posing with his son, Evan.
And the news got stranger: The now-deceased suspect in that slaying, Evan Ebel, is the son of a friend, a lawyer Hickenlooper met more than thirty years ago when the young geologist moved to Colorado and they worked at the same company. Clements was a friend, too.

Today, on the last day of a very hard year, Hickenlooper will speak at a memorial service for Clements at Colorado Springs' New Life Church.

Continue for more about John Hickenlooper's very hard year, including another photo and the aforementioned video.



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Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Fuck are you not talking about the policies he enacts that affect us all? Who give a shit if it's been a hard year for him he is in public office look at his records. Oh wait this is the Wasteword they are incapable of investigative reporting. Sorry yes it's sad poor ol' Gov. Nixonlooper we all should forget about his shitty polices and feel bad for him. Thanksi Patricia Calhoun with out you and the Wasteword where would the people of Colorado find out about hte hard hitting news about Gov. Nixonloopers feelings.

John Pinnick
John Pinnick

Reporter was a jack ass for sure. It WAS a stupid repeat question. Glad Hick called him out.

Erica Thompson
Erica Thompson

That guy is a jerk. Les has met him a couple times and he was a completely insincere narcissistic a$$hole each time.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

Barry, if you're trying to make a statement, using proper grammar and punctuation would be a good start.

Danielle Kekoa
Danielle Kekoa

I would say "Happy Easter" but today is just ANOTHER unfortunate day that "Christians" in CO are getting away with MURDER while working as agents of Satan & mocking the LORD! *ATTENTION Colorado Bureau of Investigation & CRIME-STOPPERS - 720-913-7867 (STOP) -- The Kekoa's have been SCREAMING BLOODY MURDER since last year as investigators wait and watch....NOW there's BLOODY MURDER EVERYWHERE in CO & TX so it's time to ACT on the tips cause the ShadowGov criminals are "DEAD SERIOUS"! Someone at Crime Stoppers or the FBI should ask the convicted child-abuser and serial killer Robert Adolph Enyart DOB 1/10/59 ("Pro-life Pastor" Bob of Denver Bible Cult) in Arvada about his connections to Austin Reed Sigg and how he organized the abduction, rape, murder & DISMEMBERMENT of Jessica Ridgeway in Westminster. PersonhoodUSA leaders Keith & Jennifer Mason live in Arvada too and work for Bob and attend his cult. The cops should ask Doug McBurney (TheSuperPsychoKiller) and the cyber-troll Bowmans of CMCF why they are exploiting missing and dead children? DBC elder, Dirty Arapahoe deputy Gordon Carroll should also be questioned about the assassination of DOC Chief Tom Clements, the murder of pizza delivery father of three, Nate Leon, the serial arson attacks & home explosions, the random dead bodies in Cherry Creek & elsewhere and the mysterious disappearances of Annie Meyers from Wheatridge, 14 yr-old Dylan Redwine from La Plata county, models Kara Nichols and countless other unknown victims. Religious psychopath and political terrorist Bob is a dangerous mind-control cult leader who is the Charles Manson of a highly sophisticated ShadowGov criminal assassin ring that operates underground with hundreds of fake troll IDs and pages, primarily using Facebook and social medial outlets online to target victims, falsely accuse people and misdirect criminal investigations. Bob Enyart is currently being investigated by the BoulderPD in connection to the JonBenet Ramsey murder in 1996. Six jurisdictions of police are already aware of Enyart's criminal activity and we have received multiple death threats for exposing them because they are afraid of their secrets being revealed as "pro-life" serial killers behind PersonhoodUSA. More lives are in great danger and time is critical as Enyart plays his twisted games with people's lives. *TAGS: Arvada Police Department, Colorado | Westminster PD | Boulder, Colorado | The Denver Post | 9NEWS (KUSA) | Denver Westword | 7News and TheDenverChannel.com | Daily Camera | FOX31 KDVR.com Link => http://bobenyartmurderedjonbenetramsey.blogspot.com/

Donna Mullen Good
Donna Mullen Good

Oh, stop it, for heaven's sake. Let the man have a bad day once in a while.

Barry Maez
Barry Maez

I used to like him when he was Colorado.s govanor..now he,s owebama,s and coumo,s whipping boy..the same constitution he swore to up hold...he totally stomped on it.TREASON...

Joel Bader
Joel Bader

Hickenlooper should take a vacation pronto! (One other note: I just read a book about the training of Green Berets; from the tone of that book and this blog, I don't think that Gov. Hickenlooper would have what it takes to make it through the first rounds of training, much less complete the Robin Sage exercise which is necessary for candidates to become Green Berets.)

Jodie Wilson
Jodie Wilson

Hmmm ... maybe the meltdown was a result of drinking that fracking fluid. Just say NO to fracking Hick!

Craig Leavitt
Craig Leavitt

Instead of tabloid coverage of a celebrity 'meltdown,' maybe Westword should provide some real journalism about what Hickenlooper's fracking will do to quality of life in Colorado.

tony514
tony514

im pretty sure we can all see past this guys chees cornballs gernola smile now .lets start going for more realistic people in the office.

Ed Danielson
Ed Danielson

Man oh man, do I ever not miss watching television. I haven't had it for a year now.

Mozart99
Mozart99

The fact that he made the threat of cutting off access means he has been thinking about it. Hey, Obama could do it to Bob Woodward. No one, I repeat, no one, gets to tell a reporter what questions he/she can ask. This is typical of his office. 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I have nothing but love, respect, & admiration for the man, ( non-politician ), but he's not receiving the whole truth, ( Or he's been instructed to practice being a politician & say as little as possible . ),  explaining his current emotions and demeanor towards 'Public Enemy #1'.

Tom Clements headed the crooked, evil, and quite often ILLEGAL, Colorado Deportment Of Corruption & were all to feel for the ones he left behind .

In a way, rather than an 180 count civil & felony indictment, he got to chose his own fate for his ILLEGAL knowledge & PARTICIPATION in imprisonable activities . A painless escape from ALL the trouble he found himself in after taking the Directors job from Hickenlooper ....Quick bullets and it was all over for Tom !

Michelle Pearl Mobley
Michelle Pearl Mobley

Jace Larson, and the management of 9News, have shown that they have no journalistic ethics as they pestered and threatened the governor for the sake of "manufacturing" the news. Jace can find a new market at any time. He has lost all credibility with viewers of local news. (Don't let the door hit you in the ass as you depart for Fargo Mr. Larson.)

Ryan Gregory
Ryan Gregory

@elizabeth lemont, it's a two way street if u can't handle the pressure of being a governor... Then don't run for office!! And last time I checked the reporter isn't crying like a lil B!?%# because he has to do his job

Cynde Barnes
Cynde Barnes

Governor some space.....and some compassion.

Cynde Barnes
Cynde Barnes

I'd say he has handled him self very well...wow so much for one man to shoulder and have responsibility. I usually really appreciate how 9 news handles things , but I think that questions that made him lash out was not necessary. You stand by your friends....even in their darkest hour....give the Goveno

JamesB7
JamesB7

Good for Hick! Jace deserved this response...

Diane Kendrick Dufresne
Diane Kendrick Dufresne

Oh. Poor Gov. I don't feel sorry for him and I'm voting the greedy dictatorial fossil dick out of office for telling Boulder and Longmont they can't ban fracking. Oddly enough, that wasn't even mentioned as one of his hardships, probably because it isn't difficult dictating to the people of Colorado that what they want doesn't matter. Hick cares only for his own agenda. Vote this polluter and life destroyer out of office.

Blake O'Dunn
Blake O'Dunn

this guy is scared. why? because he is wiping his ass with our rights. id be scared too. he is next........

Steve Bozich
Steve Bozich

Hey, if @ a $1000 campaign contribution gets a friend early parole, gonna be a lot of families lining up!

SeizeTheDay
SeizeTheDay

Given the fact that Evan Ebel had been arrested for, convicted of and served lengthy time incarcerated for multiple felony convictions, it was an incredibly stupid question. The kid never walked scott free on charges or avoided jail time. The question was a ridiculous insinuation meant to rile the masses. Perhaps if the reporter is looking for some controversy and impropriety, he should start with the state's mental health, criminal justice and private prison systems, instead of trying to concoct some here and interjecting it into an already tragic situation.

Elizabeth Lemont
Elizabeth Lemont

The general complain about politicians is that they lack honesty. Why is it that a moment of honest frustration is then under attack? Mr. Hickenlooper's a grieving man, I applaud him for speaking up. Besides...if you can't take the heat, don't go into journalism. Common sense.

Kristina Gorman
Kristina Gorman

don't care for him , didn't vote for him , Oh land deal what land deal , keep riding Hic , everything that goes up must come down

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Where is the public record of Hickenloopers conversations with the department of justice if we are so concerned with pulic records, Wasteword.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

"That's a stupid question," he snapped. "Why would you even ask that question?" He added that the reporter had every right to make the inquiry: "That's your choice, but you lose your ability to have access when you treat people like that." No wonder Wastword gets all the government accounts, they don't ask the hard qustions. They know how to treat the state, you know not rock the boat. Keep up the great work Wasteword.

Perry UncleBear Beaton
Perry UncleBear Beaton

The reporter had his question answered multiple times, the horse had been beaten to death. I have zero issues with the way the governor handled himself.

Jennifer Taylor Welzenbach Piel
Jennifer Taylor Welzenbach Piel

the reporter who conducted this interview should have all access to public officials stripped. He was rude, aggressive and quite honestly should have both his hearing and integrity checked as the governor answered his question repeatedly.

Richard Scott Taylor
Richard Scott Taylor

No, his angry exchange was with Jace Larson's out of line questions. The answer is a matter of public record, the question had already been answered, and Mr Larson is a pushy jerk.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The Hickster gets easily riled during interviews, even lightweight subjects like fracking, from passive reporters on a pre-arranged local FM radio shows.

He hasn't transitioned from Tyrannical CEO who can bully his employees to seasoned politician who knows the art of verbal Zen.



CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

"That's a stupid question," he snapped. "Why would you even ask that question?" He added that the reporter had every right to make the inquiry: "That's your choice, but you lose your ability to have access when you treat people like that."

No wonder Wastword gets all the government accounts, they don't ask the hard qustions.  They know how to treat the state, you know not rock the boat.  Keep up the great work Wasteword.


stuka1
stuka1

Wah. It's only going to get harder for him, with his gun-grabbing and his hypocritical attempts at obstructing A64.

Why the uber-defensive denial of favoritism in Ebel's case in the first place? If there wasn't anything there, then why did he bring it up himself at all?

We can see that there is PLENTY of favoritism going on with his stance on A64, however. Lame Duck Walking....

BlondyVanWeirden
BlondyVanWeirden

@Joel Bader did you ever serve your country?  Were you a candidate for Green Beret?  Does reading a book written by someone else make you an expert on anything at all?  Are you a member of the lowest common denominator of society?

RustyShackleford
RustyShackleford

@JamesB7 Agreed, but will he give the same due response when the NRA and their media goons ask the same question?

Mozart99
Mozart99

@SeizeTheDay nonsense. it remains unclear that he served the full sentence, including the assault in prison. hick isn't the first politician to get a question, or questions, he doesn't like.  the reporter had every right to ask the governor if he was threatening him. that is what the governor did. just like obama/woodward.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@SeizeTheDay Very interesting post, SeizeTheDay. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@SeizeTheDay ... fact is, Evan Ebel maxed out his prison sentence at the DOC, being denied early parole, and was only released by mandatory statutory rules.

ps: isn't that the same reporter who set up pot grower Chris Bartkowicz for his DEA bust?  If so, that reporter should be SHUNNED by everyone.

JamesB7
JamesB7

@CoreyDonahue There is a line between hard news reporting and being a jackass because you are in the media.  Hick has been a mess all week and to have a reporter bulldoze him was not responsible reporting.  Westword is a certain kind of publication with a different audience, but I do not think they tiptoe with their sources...

RustyShackleford
RustyShackleford

@stuka1 "Lame Duck Walking"? That's no way to speak about our next vice-president (in the Elizabeth Warren administration).

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@stuka1 Tough post., stuka1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

barry.maez
barry.maez

@stuka1 hickenloper isn.t Colorado.s mayor anymore he,s owebama,s puppet.and bought by.mayor bloombergs group,they use distractive measure,s like soda pop and pizza..and any other subject to keep the American people from seeing what there really up to.like smashing the constitution.hicken stoper.is what they used to call a turncoat,when the constitution was,made.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay "isn't that the same reporter who set up pot grower Chris Bartkowicz for his DEA bust?  If so, that reporter should be SHUNNED by everyone."

...says the troll who bashes Bartkowicz every chance he gets.  Every other day Bartkowicz is a "stupid stoner", except when it is convenient for you to cast him as a sympathetic figure, then he's a victimized "pot grower".  "FREE CHRIS BARTKOWICZ!!!", bleats one side of the Jackass' mouth. "CHRIS BARTKOWICZ, STUPID STONER POSTER CHILD!", squeals the other.

@DonkeyHotay = PROVEN hypocrite, pathological liar, victimization whiner, chickenshit pussy

stuka1
stuka1

@RustyShackleford @stuka1 LMAO -- I think he's hoping for a Biden presidency.Cut from the same Reefer Madness/Gun-grabber turd.

guestoo
guestoo

@barry.maez @stuka1 either way barry maez is completely right, these Dems these days are renegades and they are out to destroy the constitution. 

Supernova49
Supernova49

%s  You shouldn't be upset at Hickenlooper, you should be upset at whoever taught you how to structure a sentence.

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