Today Bob Beauprez reiterated his commitment to energy independence and job creation, calling on his opponent to clarify statements that indicate Barack Obama might have withheld federal aid in the wake of devastating Colorado floods had Hickenlooper taken a position on the Keystone pipeline counter to Obama’s wishes.

As John Hickenlooper told Fox 31’s Eli Stokols:

“[Barack Obama’s] whole administration is very invested that they haven’t taken a position yet [on the Keystone pipeline],” the governor said. “No one’s ever told me I shouldn’t take a position, but generally, if you have relationship and a partnership — look at the partnership we got with the federal government in terms of the flood recovery, when they allowed us to reopen Rocky Mountain National Park. 

“If I came out and was more direct saying the Keystone pipeline was a great thing, would we still have those opportunities? I don’t know. I think it’s a possibility that they would be a little — they might think twice.”

Hickenlooper’s statement would indicate that he operates with the assumption that President Obama would hold back funding during a crisis if the governor disagreed publicly with Obama administration.

This assumption begs the question: Does Hickenlooper operate this way? Does he withhold funding or support for Colorado counties and municipalities?

In response to these latest revelations, Bob Beauprez made the following comments:

“As Colorado’s next governor, I’ll be committed to standing up for our citizens, even if that means saying no to national political figures or outside special interest groups. I’ll support policies that create jobs, encourage safe, clean energy development, and lead to energy independence for our nation.

“It is discouraging to see, once again, John Hickenlooper abdicate his authority to Barack Obama as he has to Michael Bloomberg, Jared Polis and ‘large donors.’ Coloradans expect our governor to lead. There are worse things than ‘pissing off’ people in Washington.”

Previously, 9News’ Brandon Rittiman reported that Hickenlooper had commented that he would not support legislation to support pay raises for Colorado’s sheriffs because large donors had told him not to pursue the issue in an election year.

As first reported by Peter Marcus with the Durango Herald, when asked about his position on the Keystone XL pipeline on August 6, Hickenlooper responded, “I’ve avoided taking a position [on the Keystone pipeline] because it’s just going to piss off a lot of people in Washington that I don’t need to piss off, and my opinion is not going to change anybody’s opinion there.”