Ballots for the 2011 General Municipal Election are due on May 3, 2011. With less than a week left to vote and nine candidates running for Denver mayor, voters will need to keep a "cheat sheet" handy. My Speed Candidating profiles cut through the political song-and-dance to find the mayoral idol. Today, we look a political diva Chris Romer...
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As seen above, the Speed Candidating profile for Chris condenses the essence of the man and his mayoral mission. This abbreviated version is best understood when read in a side-by-side comparison with Speed Candidating profiles of the other eight mayoral candidates.
It is nearly impossible to compare Chris Romer's style to that of any other politician. However, for his keen sense of following trends and getting his face before the cameras to promote his career, Romer most resembles pop diva Lady Gaga. Yes, Romer loves the spotlight and can transform himself into the authority on any subject -- from I-70 expert to cupcake spokesmodel -- to fulfill his need for media attention. Romer's "cannonball" momentum keeps him so focused on the future that he sometimes forgets his past. According to his Westword mayor's race profile, he often neglects to mention that his father, Roy Romer was Colorado Governor for twelve years!
Although both quick change artists are known as "clothes horses," Lady Gaga and Chris Romer do part ways in the world of fashion. A careful look at Romer's campaign website reveals that the mayoral hopeful owns hundreds of blue button-collar shirts, which he wears to fiscal-sustainability and transportation-safety photo opportunities. He saves his single pink button-collar shirt to wear at education reform photo opportunities.
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