DENVER - Former state treasurer Cary Kennedy, a Democrat, announced her run for governor from the driver’s seat of a moving car in a Facebook live video Monday, appearing to glance at a set of notes while operating the vehicle.
“I want as many of you as possible to hear it, so I’m doing something a little different,” Kennedy said into the camera shooting the video, which was held by another person in the passenger seat. “I’m just driving home from my daughter’s school.”
Kennedy appeared to be driving on residential streets in her neighborhood and did slow and check for other cars at an intersection while delivering prepared remarks.
Her campaign says she drove on a block of Jersey Street and was not in a school zone at the time.
9NEWS reviewed the video and noted that Kennedy appears to glance down at notes approximately 14 times before pulling into a driveway at approximately 1 minute and 40 seconds into the video.
As she exited the vehicle, the camera captured what appear to be a series of notes behind the steering wheel on Kennedy’s dashboard.
When asked whether this method of announcing her candidacy was safe, Kennedy campaign consultant Serena Woods defended the decision.
“Safety is always a priority and that's why Cary was about 300 yards from her house,” Woods told 9NEWS in an email. “We had several people on the street monitoring traffic and she was driving slowly.”
Republicans were quick to pounce on Kennedy’s unforced error.
“The cringeworthy announcement is worthy of a vignette in a television program like ‘The Office’ or ‘Parks and Recreation,’ wrote Kelly Maher, who runs the conservative group Compass Colorado and is a GOP political commentator for 9NEWS. “We hope she’ll focus on Colorado more than she focuses on the road.”
Kennedy’s announcement comes one day after Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colorado) entered the Democratic primary, joining former state senator Mike Johnston.
On the Republican side, district attorney George Brachler has announced a run and is expected to be joined by a wide range of elected officials and business people.
Kennedy stopped by 9NEWS later Monday afternoon for an interview with Next anchor Kyle Clark. She said she wants to increase education spending, and says Colorado needs to raise more revenue.
"We need to invest more in education. We need to modernize our education system and modernize how we pay for it. We also need to modernize again infrastructure to keep Colorado this place that we love in the face of growth ... I have a track record of coming up with innovative options to address local challenges that doesn't require raising taxes," she said.
Kennedy told us she does not believe in the death penalty, but as governor, she would uphold the law. If the general assembly were to pass a law outlawing the death penalty, however, she would sign it.
We also touched on marijuana; Kennedy told Clark she would give Colorado an A- grade, when it comes to how it handled legalization.
You can watch the full interview below:
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