Today John Hickenlooper put his name behind a negative attack ad for the first time in his political career.
John @Hickenlooper, who has long been considered a clean campaigner, goes negative in his latest ad.
Three times in the ad he accuses Gardner of being “on vacation,” or what the rest of the political world calls August recess. #cosen #copolitics https://t.co/o2h5y5rKb8
— Justin Wingerter (@JustinWingerter) September 2, 2020
Ignoring Schumer and Pelosi’s role in tanking COVID relief negotiations is a complete distortion, but his campaign’s full scale embrace of attack ads represents a radical departure from the rhetoric that Hickenlooper parroted for years.
Flashback: The old John Hickenlooper bragged for years he never ran an attack ad #cosen #copolitics pic.twitter.com/OBLlZEqNCK
— Compass Colorado (@CompassCOorg) September 2, 2020
Here is just a sample of Hickenlooper’s condemnation of attack ads over time:
- “What we’re doing with these attack ads is depressing the product category of democracy.”
VIDEO: Hickenlooper on negative campaign ads – including being featured in a negative PAC ad from a group supporting Jared Polis. #cogov #copolitics #coleg #kdvr pic.twitter.com/y3LcEUfSUG
— Joe St. George (@JoeStGeorge) June 13, 2018
- MODERATOR: How do you succeed so beautifully, never going negative?
HICKENLOOPER: So you use humor … and you also have to realize and tell your entire team that part of the problem we have in this country … is the bitterness that comes out of campaigns. It poisons the environment.
(Concordia Summit, 10/2/18)
- “Hickenlooper has another mission which he sounds equally passionate. He wants to rid the country of negative ads. The country, he believes, is in a deep trough politically. ‘I think that the system has created an intensity of conflict … I don’t think it’s sustainable over the long period.’”
(“John Hickenlooper: The man who hates negative ads,” Washington Post, 7/12/14)
- “Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper says short term benefits that candidates get from negative ads are outweighed by the long-term damage it causes.”
If you are covering Hickenlooper’s attack ad, please consider the following quote from me:
“According to the old Hickenlooper, his negative ad is causing long term damage to our political system and depressing the product category of democracy. Hick’s schtick was always a bad act, but his ridiculous ad demonstrates partisan ambition clearly outweighs any of his alleged principles.” -Compass Colorado Executive Director Kyle Kohli