The man in the green sweater listened carefully for one hour as John Hickenlooper, the former mayor of Denver and most recently governor of Colorado, told his life story, explained why he's running for president and what he would do if elected. Then he listened carefully to the questions and answers. And then he stood in line patiently for ten minutes to speak directly to Hickenlooper, because he had something important to say.
As a New Hampshire voter who takes his vote seriously he had traveled to Keene State College that Saturday morning to perform his due diligence.
As he approached Hickenlooper he reached out his hand and said, "I came here this morning so I could write you off [as a contender], but after listening to you, I can't." Hickenlooper thanked him for his candor and continued to make the sale directly.
Like most candidates, Hickenlooper believes in his own story and believes his previous success is an indicator of future results.
He never intended to get into politics, but as a businessman, was elected mayor of Denver. A few years later he had an unexpected chance to run for governor. He took it and was elected to two terms. He knows he is not in the top tier of candidates for the Democratic nomination, but he's fine with that, because he believes he has been here before and come out on top.
© Dean Pagani 2019