DNC: Rockies, not Tetons | VailDaily.com

DNC: Rockies, not Tetons

Rebecca Boyle
Fort Collins Correspondent
Vail CO, Colorado

DENVER, Colorado ” From Alice Madden at Starbucks to the wrong mountains on an official DNC T-shirt ” yup, those are the Grand Tetons, not the Colorado Rockies ” the first full day of Democratic National Convention activities was full of randomness.

First, Fort Collins Now noticed that a list of DNC recommended events on the Onion.com (hey, they do know entertainment) included a black-and-white photograph taken from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. FCN knows this because one of our reporters spent a week there in July, fancying herself Ansel Adams, and took plenty of photos of the picturesque peaks.

Given that the Onion specializes in deliberately inaccurate and hilarious gaffes, it’s not certain that this is a real mistake. But if it is, it’s a pretty lame and inexcusable one.

But matters were made worse for our own mountains when FCN noticed the same image, of Grand Teton, on a DNC-sanctioned souvenir T-shirt.

Uh-oh. They made sure to order made-in-the-USA, BPA-free plastic bottles, but they couldn’t take the time to be sure they had mountains from Colorado? This is as bad as when Senate candidate Bob Schaffer, R-Fort Collins, threw out a TV ad about his connection to Colorado and used an image of Denali, otherwise known as Mt. McKinley.

Um, all mountains aren’t alike, you flatlander officials. We know you aren’t from Colorado, but we are, and we know our dang mountains!!

Other bizarro events from Sunday included running into State Rep. Alice Madden, D-Boulder, the former Democratic Majority Leader who was term-limited this year, outside Starbucks at 16th and Tremont. FCN didn’t recognize Madam Majority Leader at first because her hair was short. She chatted with two FCN reporters for a moment and explained that she didn’t have time to cut her hair during the legislative session.

As the DNC officially kicks off tomorrow morning, stick with dncnow.net and http://www.fortcollinsnow.com for the latest updates. You never know what other weird stuff we might see.

Tune it to http://www.vaildaily.com/DNC for more from Denver’s Democratic National Convention.

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