Perhaps further proving that all politics is local, the Democratic governor of Colorado this week endorsed a candidate for Pittsburgh City Council.
The governor, John Hickenlooper, says the candidate, activist and police shooting survivor Leon Ford, “is the definition of how to turn adversity into inspiration,” adding in a written statement, “Leon will give every voice a seat at the table, and that’s why I’m proud to endorse him for Pittsburgh City Council.”
Anticipating a few reader questions, we can confirm this type of endorsement in a city council race is unusual. We can also confirm this one wasn’t entirely random.
Ford said he met Hickenlooper, a Montgomery County native and possible 2020 vice presidential or presidential candidate, at Summit LA earlier this month. Both men were featured speakers at the event, billed as “the world’s preeminent ideas festival.” (Gov. Hickenlooper’s office did not immediately respond to additional questions submitted via email.)
In a video of the two taken at the time, Hickenlooper said of Ford, “My job is to make sure people like Leon with life experiences applicable to the world as we know it today — they need support.”