Hickenlooper Jumps Out Of Plane To Support Referenda C, D

Denver (AP) Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper is getting attention for his work in a new television ad supporting Referenda C and D. In the advertisement, Hickenlooper is shown jumping out of an airplane 17,500 feet over Longmont. Hickenlooper says he fears heights and had to be talked into doing the ad, which began
airing Friday.

The mayor was tethered to a trainer during the shoot, and a
cameraman was ten feet away. In the ad, Hickenlooper's partner was removed, making it look like he's jumping alone.

Hickenlooper speaks of the need for the referendums, saying, "voting yes on C and D will help lift us up." Then his parachute opens. The ad's $43,000 cost was paid for by the Vote Yes on C&D campaign.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Holtzman is featured in ads opposing the measures, saying they're unnecessary, permanent tax hikes.

Referendum C would allow the state to keep $3.7 billion in tax revenue over five years that otherwise would be refunded under the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights. Referendum D would allow some of that money to be spent on transportation and building projects.

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