Gov. John Hickenlooper’s approval ratings have been slipping recently due to his cowardly stand on the execution of convicted murderer Nathan Dunlap.
In 1993, 19 year old Nathan Dunlap had been fired from the Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant. He didn’t take it too well and in act of revenge and wanting fame, he returned to the restaurant and starting shooting the staff. In the end, 4 were dead and one was wounded. Dunlap was tried and convicted of 4 counts of first degree murder and given the death sentence.
Seventeen years later, Dunlap has used up all of his appeals. He was slated to be executed this August, which would have been the first execution in Colorado since 1997. When the orders for Dunlap’s execution crossed the desk of Gov. Hickenlooper, he could not bring himself to sign them, even though he says that he respects the rule of law and the court and jury who tried and sentenced Dunlap to death.
Instead of signing the order for the execution and not wanting to commute the sentence, he issued a temporary stay of execution for as long as he is governor. The temporary stay can be changed and rescinded by any future governor, but Hickenlooper was too cowardice to make the decision himself.
Prior to Hickenlooper’s non-action in the Dunlap case, he had an approval rating of 53%. Since the display of cowardice, his approval ratings have dropped to 47%, a drop of 6% in less than 2 months.
A recent poll indicated that 67% of Coloradoans disapproved of Hickenlooper’s temporary stay of execution and coincidentally, 69% of the inhabitants of the Rocky Mountain state say they approve of the death penalty.
Hickenlooper is up for re-election in 2014 and already the polls are showing his once strong lead to be dwindling rapidly. A Quinnipiac Poll revealed that Hickenlooper’s lead over Republican challenger Tom Tancredo, a former US congressman, is 42% versus 41%, a virtual tie. When asked to vote between Hickenlooper and Republican Scott Gessler, the current Colorado Secretary of State, the results were 42% for Hickenlooper and 40% for Gessler.
Furthermore, the poll indicated that 49% disapproved of how the Democrat controlled state legislature had done their jobs while only 36% approved. In the heart of Democrat land, respondents to the poll in Denver and Boulder also indicated a 45% disapproval and 41% approval rates.
It seems that a number of Coloradoans are not very pleased with the way the Democrats have run the state in recent months. Between the anti-Second Amendment anti-gun laws, to the push for reliance on green energy, to Hickenlooper’s inaction on Nathan Dunlap, the people of the state are turning against their leadership. We can only hope and pray that the trend continues and 2014 will see the ousting of the liberal Dems that have been ruining one of the most beautiful states in the country.