Year in Review

2001? What 2001?

Later that month, Webb reluctantly announced that he wouldn't run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican senator Wayne Allard, despite the mayor's excellent polling numbers and strong support. But by the time he got around to announcing his long-delayed decision, Webb had already angered a large sector of the local Democratic Party leadership, including state party chairman Tim Knaus. The situation got really ugly when former U.S. attorney Tom Strickland, who lost to Allard in 1996 (back when he was just a lawyer/lobbyist for Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & soon-to-be-not Strickland), began publicly chiding Webb for not revealing whether he would be a candidate. Strickland, who wanted to run again, had earlier said he would back off if Webb entered the race but now announced that he was tired of waiting. Webb, who, when he finally backed out, would say only that the timing wasn't right, then accused Knaus and Strickland of conspiring against him. He has yet to endorse his fellow Democrat.

In July, Hizzoner got a lights-and-siren police escort to DIA. Webb was on his way to catch a flight to New Orleans for the funeral of his aunt when he realized that he'd left his wallet back home. In order to make his plane, he got into a marked city vehicle and sped to the airport. Witnesses told a local news station that the motorcade was traveling in excess of a hundred miles per hour.

Later this past summer, the mayor tried to exchange the trademark to the name Mile High Stadium for a twenty-year lease on a luxury suite at Invesco Field at Mile High -- somehow not understanding that the sweetheart deal would create a huge uproar in a year when the city had just passed a tough new ethics code. In the middle of said uproar, Webb canceled the cozy agreement between the city and the Metropolitan Stadium District Board, which owns the new home of the Denver Broncos, and revealed instead that he and a bunch of his cronies would buy a luxury suite themselves at a cost of $85,000 a year. (Note to Mayor Webb: Make sure you don't forget your wallet on this one, sir.)

Patrick Merewether
Patrick Merewether

In October, Mayor Moneybags engaged in an ill-advised and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to buy at auction the bus that Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of in 1955. Although the mayor -- along with a hastily organized coalition of local rich folks -- put up $407,000, they lost out to the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan, which bid $427,919. Being that the historical event took place in Alabama, Webb's interest seemed a little out of place.

In November, the mayor was involved in a three-car accident near 17th Avenue and Humboldt Street; his security guard was driving Webb's official black Lincoln at the time. No one was injured, but the mayor-mobile was badly damaged.

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