To no one’s surprise, Senate President Bill Cadman stressed the importance of developing relationships when he delivered his opening day remarks on the first day of the 2015 Colorado legislature. It’s a theme he has hammered during his 14 years in the legislature.
“If you are thinking about your legacy, it won’t be measured by your votes, your bills, your amendments, the legislative awards hanging on the walls,” he said. “It will be measured by your word, your commitment, your honor and the quality of relationships you build across these desks, across this aisle, and outside of this chamber.”
The Colorado Springs lawmaker — the first Republican to lead the Senate since the GOP lost the majority in 2004 — also made pop culture references in his remarks Wednesday, talking about the game Twister and the movies “Shawshank Redemption” and “Stripes.” He mentioned a number of lawmakers by name, lit three candles in honor lives cut too short and made it clear where he stands on the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights or TABOR.