Top 10 Colorado quotes of the decade

Get ready, get set, insert foot in mouth. Here are some of the quotes that made us laugh, cry or just scratch our head in disbelief.

"Riots in Denver at the Democrat Convention would see to it we don't elect Democrats. And that's the best damn thing (that) could happen for this country as far as anything I can think." --Rush Limbaugh, right-wing radio talk-show host During an April 2008 edition of his radio show, while discussing the upcoming Democratic National Convention "You put me out in Denver 'cause I wouldn't suck your dick!" --DonnaWatts-Brighthaupt, aide to Marion Barry From a June 2009 tape-recorded conversation with Washington, D.C. councilman and former mayor Marion Barry, who she accused of kicking her out of the Crown Plaza hotel in Denver during the Democratic National Convention in August 2008. "Go drink another beer, you Mexican piece of shit!" --Dan Issel, former Denver Nuggets coach Yelling at a fan after a December 10, 2001, loss to the Charlotte Hornets in the Pepsi Center. The comment by the Denver Nuggets coach was captured by KUSA-TV; Issel was suspended the next day and resigned on December 26. "Yes, I've actually heard it used as term of endearment." --Betsy Hoffman, former University of Colorado president In response to a lawyer's query about whether Hoffman thought the word "cunt" could be used in a polite context. Hoffman was being questioned at a 2004 deposition concerning allegations that a CU football player had raped punter Kelly Hnida. "I can handle being a black, disabled, one armed, drug addicted, Jewish queer on a Pacemaker who is HIV positive, bald, orphaned, unemployed, lives in a slum, and has a Mexican boyfriend, but PLEASE don't tell me I'm a Democrat!" --Sandra Tucker, former Dacono city councilwoman This was the punch line of a joke that Tucker posted in an online community forum in December 2007. The joke had made its way around web sites during the presidential race. "In my parents' day and age, (unmarried teen parents) were sent away, they were shunned, they were called what they are. There was at least a sense of shame. There's no sense of shame today. Society condones it ... I think it's wrong. They're sluts." --Larry Liston, Republican state representative The Colorado Springs lawmaker was discussing teen pregnancy rates during a February 2008 luncheon with health care professionals. He later apologized. "I would like to have the opportunity to state at the microphone why I don't think we need 5,000 more illiterate peasants in Colorado." --Douglas Bruce, former state senator The Colorado Springs Republican was discussing Mexican farmworkers when he made the comment in February 2009. "We are taking sins and making them to be legally okay, and that is wrong. That is an abomination, according to scripture. I'm not saying this is the only sin that's out there. We have murder. We have all sorts of sin. We have adultery. And we don't make laws making those legal, and we would never think to make murder legal. All sin is equal. That sin there is equal to any other sin that's in the Bible." --Scott Renfroe, Greeley Republican state senator Renfroe made the comments in February 2009 while criticizing legislation that would extend health-care benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian state workers. "What I'm hoping is that, yes, that person may have AIDS, have it seriously as a baby and when they grow up, but the mother will begin to feel guilt as a result of that," "The family will see the negative consequences of that promiscuity and it may make a number of people over the coming years begin to realize that there are negative consequences and maybe they should adjust their behavior." --Dave Schultheis, Republican state senator The Colorado Springs lawmaker was discussing a bill that would have required pregnant women to be tested for HIV - and possibly stop its spread from mother to child.
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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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