Former Gov. Roy Romer, other Obama faithful, rally the troops in Granby |

Former Gov. Roy Romer, other Obama faithful, rally the troops in Granby

Tonya Bina
Grand County, Colorado
Photo Courtesy of Brooks Photography

Grand County’s Democratic foot soldiers were ready Friday when Colorado’s former Gov. Roy Romer rolled into Granby, Colorado.

For two weeks Romer, who proceeded Gov. Bill Owens in office, has been traveling with Colorado-Obama leaders, his wife Bea and U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., across the Centennial State in an “Obama-Biden”-plastered campaign bus.

The entourage has also been joined by Gov. Bill Ritter.

Granby was their 34th stop before heading to Denver.

Awaiting their arrival at the Longbranch Restaurant in Granby were Grand County’s core D-ticket supporters, such as Dr. Michael Muftic of Fraser, who in 1963 was the National Democratic Committeeman for the State of Colorado, and John Dolan, who campaigned for Robert F. Kennedy and was at the Los Angeles hotel when he was shot in 1968.

Todd Hagenbuch, democratic candidate for Colorado’s House District 57, was also present.

Followed by Colorado Democratic Party Chair Pat Waak, Romer greeted the roomful of local campaigners as part of an overall “Get out the Vote” message.

Salazar traveled ahead to Denver earlier that day, according to an Obama campaign staffer.

“I haven’t seen this world as destabilized as I have in the last 15 years, and I was born in 1928,” Romer said in his brief speech in the Longbranch dining room.

“It’s time you really want leadership.”

The former governor touched on Gen. Colin Powell’s endorsement for Obama, and listed the Democratic presidential candidate’s platform for “a new energy economy,” health care, an “emphasis” in education and his plan to end the war in Iraq. Obama, he said, has a “deeper sense of what is possible in America” than Republican candidate Sen. John McCain.

“I know Colorado quite well, and I haven’t seen the enthusiasm ” ever ” from the Democratic party as I’ve seen in this campaign,” Romer said.

He cautioned campaigners not to let up, that the presidential race could still go either way in Colorado despite some reports that Obama is five to 12 points ahead of McCain.

After hearty applause, recognition of local party crusaders and a few more go-out-and-get-the-vote speeches, Romer and company were on their way back to the bus.

It’d been seven years since Colorado’s 39th governor had been in Grand County. After his time in office, Romer worked as a superintendent of schools in Southern California.

Asked about living on a bus the past two weeks, Romer replied, “It’s fun. It’s fun because the whole tour brings me back in contact with a lot of people I know and haven’t seen in a while. And secondly, this issue, if I’d been anywhere else I’d be nervous, but being here working, I feel good.”

For Grand County’s growing Democratic support, a county historically and predominately red, Romer called it “healthy.”

“It’s healthy for democracy to have good competition in all counties,” he said.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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