As we noted in our post about this week's election results in major state races, the campaign for Representative Jared Polis downplayed the history he would make as the first openly gay man to serve as Colorado's governor. But after he triumphed at the ballot box, prominent observers cheered this achievement, as have plenty of celebrities.
Prime example: In a monologue this week, James Corden, host of The Late Late Show, suggested that voters here had proven once again that no state in the nation is cooler than Colorado.
In a snippet shared by CBS4 news director Tim Wieland, Corden said, "Another first: Democrat Jared Polis won his election in Colorado, making him the nation's first openly gay man to serve as governor. The first gay governor. Finally, finally, an American politician who knows about my Tony Award."
After a pause for applause, Cordon added: "Think about this, though. Colorado has legal marijuana, great beer and now a progressive gay governor. Is it just me, or is Colorado becoming the coolest floor in America's dormitory?"
Here's the clip:
Corden is among the notables who tweeted about the Polis win on election night, writing, "This is incredible! Massive. Congratulations Jared Polis. You did it!"
So, too, did comedian Billy Eichner, who wrote, "Wow!! Congratulations @jaredpolis of Colorado who just became the first openly gay man to be elected Governor in US History!!!"
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Eichner's message was followed by three rainbows, which seems like a lot until you see the tweet of actress Piper Perabo. After she exclaimed, "Congratulations Governor elect of Colorado @jaredpolis just became the first openly gay man to be elected Governor in US History!!!," she added twelve rainbows.
Colorado-based Olympian Gus Kenworthy shared this thought: "Extremely proud of my home State of Colorado for becoming the first state in history to an elect an openly gay Governor! Congrats."
And then there was this from former CBS News anchor Dan Rather: "I know there is a lot of worry on the Democratic side, but I think there are some interesting storylines that may not be getting enough attention. For example, Colorado was once a pretty solid red state, but now just elected an openly gay Democrat — Jared Polis — as governor."
Clearly, the downplaying is over.