msnbc | January 05, 2013
>>> the first of two relief bills to help superstorm sandy victims is on the president's desk and waiting for his signature. congress passed the $9 billion measure yesterday but only after northeast leaders ripped into john boehner for not bringing the entire bill up earlier this week. chief among those outraged new jersey governor chris christie .
>> that's why people hate washington , d.c.? that's why they hate this politics. last night it was my party responsible. both parties could take plenty of responsibility over time , but last night my party was responsible for this.
>> christie throwing caution to the wind ripping his own party. denver 's democratic mayor michael hancock also goes against the grain to get things done as noted in a " denver post " profile. good day, mr. mayor, and happy to have you.
>> happy new year, good to have you -- be with you, actually.
>> thank you, thank you. i want to get your reaction to all the political rancor in the last couple weeks in washington over the fiscal cliff and the sandy bill. just give me your gut check on that.
>> well, you know, one of the things as an elected leader i always try to remember , who do i represent, who sent me where i am today and what have they asked me to do. i think at times that gets lost in washington . as a matter of fact, i know it gets lost in washington . so, i agree with governor christie , it's been very unfortunate and very disappointing to see that our members of congress have forgotten who sent them to washington and the job we've asked them to do.
>> all right. any comparison of you to governor christie probably ends when it comes to your style. in "the denver post " piece, you are called a workhorse and not a show horse, saying it is a quiet leadership, it's not front-page, headline-grabbing leadership. is that by design?
>> you know, simply it's my style. my style is simply, you know, go lead. i took on a very sacred job for the people of denver . they've asked me to go and to lead this city. we have a great deal of tradition, of proud mayors who work hard for the people who sent them to city hall . i've had the fortune of being around a lot of those mayors, and it's really about the people who elected me to go serve and that's why i'm there. and so in the midst of all of this, the chaos and partisanship that often happens, i must never forget i'm there to lead and make decisions on behalf of the people of denver , and i'm proud to do that.
>> and clearly you're good at it, because you had your own fiscal cliff going on in the mile high city and you managed to get voters to approve a new property tax in november. how did you do that?
>> i simply believe you give people good information, they'll make good decisions. and that's what we set out to do. we had a great case. we understood that there was a straight line between our challenges and our solutions. and if we went and talked to the people of denver , they would make good decisions, and i trusted the people of denver , and that's what it boiled down to -- stay on message, talk about the challenges, talk about the solutions and be honest with them about what might happen if we don't pass it, but also what the opportunities lie ahead if we do pass it, and the people of denver agreed with us and agreed 74%.
>> you have a refreshing approach. may i ask you quickly how the broncos will fare in the nfl play-offs, bengals, houston, colts, ravens, where is your money?
>> let me just say, we're not at all optimistic about the broncos here in denver . listen, we take one game at a time. one game at a time in this great city, so we'll watch every nfl game this weekend and we're going to root on our broncos come next weekend. and we -- although we're optimistic we're going to be in new orleans, we'll take one game at a time.
>> okay. i'm glad i asked that question last. i think we could have gone on and on had we started with that one. mayor hancock,