QUID NUNC: Chamber award is music to Su Ryden’s ears


QUID HAS HEARD that there are such things as coincidences. And what a coincidence it was that veteran Dem state Rep. Su Ryden was chosen as the Aurora Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year just as she faces a tough battle against another Dem to keep a job at the state Capitol. Seems that although the plucky legislator had been passed over before for the dozens of bills she’s sponsored aimed at protecting small-business owners, her work on the “2015 Report on the Comprehensive Military Value and Economic Impact of Department of Defense Activities in Colorado” bowled over the WOTY nominators this go-around. Not chosen as woman of the year this time was state Rep. Rhonda Fields, who is competing with Ryden for the Democratic nomination to run for the Aurora state senate seat now held by state Sen. Morgan Carroll. Carroll is term limited, like Ryden, and is competing this year with Republican U.S. Rep Mike Coffman for Aurora’s congressional seat. It was Aurora’s worst-kept secret that a Chamber-event full of members had little regard for Carroll because of her long-time positions siding with Colorado’s little guy over Colorado’s big businesses. Fields has established herself as a new and noisy liberal voice at the Capitol and sounds a lot like Carroll when it comes to siding with the spends of money over the takers of money. And there you go. There’s no doubt the Senate seat is the Democrats’ to lose in the blue Aurora stronghold, and Quid would never infer that Chamber types would do anything to try and wade into messy party politics. Quid let the gossipy membership at the event last week do that.

AND QUID HAS HEARD that Skype virtually sucks when it comes to international cooperation. Seems a visiting contingent from Aurora’s reunion with its long-lost South Korean sister city, Seongnam City, pointed all that out this week. That big-burg’s Mayor Jae-myung Lee told Aurora hoo-haw peers here that he didn’t see that his city of a million — a suburb of Seoul that’s much more like Cupertino than the Colfax corridor — didn’t have much in common with its Stepsister City of Plains. Websites and virtual conferences couldn’t convey what a big deal Anschutz, Buckley AFB and the city’s SuperWalmart really are. It was their visit this week that sold them on our chicness. Rest assured local hoo-haws will be equally perplexed about what Seongnam is really like, which will require a pricey return visit. The mutual non-virtual hand-shaking and tourist runs will totally be worth it, Quid assumes, once both sides figure out what long-distance sisters do besides visit each other.