February 5 2010, 10:20 AM
Colorado's top Democratic politicians will gather in Washington, D.C., next week for a fundraiser to back the gubernatorial campaign of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, reports Politico. With suggested contributions of $250 to $1,050 a pop, Hickenlooper's campaign is sure to get a needed jolt. Hick was coy about his views on the latest hot issue in the state: whether tax exemptions should be eliminated to salvage the state budget. Hickenlooper told yesterday's 760-AM morning listeners he prefers not to insert himself into other elected lawmakers' business (listen to the podcast). Meanwhile, Scott McInnis, a leading Republican candidate for governor, has taken the advice of Denver's Patti Shyne, an image coach who has worked with dozens of celebrities, by ditching his mustache and John Denver-style glasses, notes The Denver Post. McInnis recently met with about 40 members of the metro area Tea Party but made it clear that he is a Republican and not a "Tea Party" candidate, as Neil Cavuto labeled him (via Fox 31). "We called them after the interview and said, 'Wait a minute, where did you come up with that?'" McInnis told the group.