Colorado soon will have a black Speaker of the House to go along with a black Senate President (Peter Groff). The Denver Post reports today that the Democratic caucus in the state house has thrown its support behind Denver’s Terrance Carroll to replace Andrew Romanoff in one of the state’s highest political positions.
Moving beyond race, Carroll is someone with whom I obviously have many political disagreements. However, on the issue of school choice that I care about deeply, he is as good as the Democratic caucus has to offer. I feel a little better about the hope for defending and advancing gains in educational freedom with him at the helm than with the alternatives. But we’ll remain diligent at our post.
In other news, Republicans in the state senate have unanimously rallied behind Josh Penry as minority leader. An excellent choice to be a shrewd and hard-fighting adversary, and most fitting that he hails from Colorado’s deep red Mesa County strength.
Showing the Western Slope’s newfound popularity among the Republican faithful, newly-elected Rep. Laura Bradford “received a standing ovation” (H/T Mike Saccone) when her name was introduced today. Gov. Bill Ritter is in denial about this race, but it helps to create the road map to a fiscally-conservative GOP comeback in 2010 – if we’re willing to do the hard work and lead the way.
Other Republican names I’m glad to see joining the leadership team at the state house: Rep. Cory Gardner, Sen. Mike Kopp, and Rep. Amy Stephens. Our party is in good hands, but trust me – this blog will be doing its small part to help keep them on track.
PolitickerCO has a roundup of stories on all the leadership posts in the Colorado legislature.