DENVER – The first day of the legislative session is just beginning and the internal Democrat squabbling has already begun. This morning, Representative (soon to be former Representative) Joe Salazar, the new Executive Director of Colorado Rising, Colorado’s flagship anti-oil and gas advocacy group – set the tone for what is sure to be a raucous session and pulled no punches against members of his own party.

Salazar and Colorado Rising held a rally on the steps of Colorado’s capitol building calling for a permanent moratorium for any new oil and gas drilling permits until further studies can be completed.

Salazar wasted no time in taking the fight straight to members of his own party. During his comments, Salazar said the following of incoming Governor Jared Polis:

“The Governor’s office does not belong to one individual – no matter how much he paid for it.” 

Salazar will have to work with the Governor’s office to accomplish Colorado Rising’s legislative goals – striking an adversarial tone this early in the process is a harbinger of things to come. 

“Looks like the fuse on the lefty infighting fireworks has been lit,” said Kelly Maher, executive director of Compass Colorado. “Is anyone going to blow it out before they all go off?”