Miss all those political ads?
Never fear, Secretary of State Scott Gessler is here and he's just unveiled his first attack ad on Gov. John Hickenlooper in advance of the Nov. 2014 election.
The ad first portrays the governor as lazy, then goes on to attack his achievements and failures. Among the issues targeted are: the stricter gun control laws the governor signed into law; the temporary reprieve the governor gave to death row inmate Nathan Dunlap; a bill the governor signed that created renewable energy standards for rural utilities; and the governor's support for 2013's failed initiative Amendment 66, which would have pumped $1 billion a year into the state's school system.
The ad also vaguely states that the governor "pushed good jobs out of Colorado," which may be a reference to the recent announcement that gun-maker Magpul Industries will move its headquarters from the state — a reaction to the state's new gun laws.
Check out the ad here:
While Gessler is throwing punches now, it's hard to imagine he'll go unscathed in the coming campaign. The Secretary of State was found to have misused public money on a political trip following an ethics investigation, and his efforts to loosen the rules for political contributions and weaken transparency have been rebuked by the courts.