A Gov, a Cheyenne Shaman, and a ‘Hedge-Fund Guy’ Walk Into a Sweat Lodge … The Hick 2020 Story A Gov, a Cheyenne Shaman, and a ‘Hedge-Fund Guy’ Walk Into a Sweat Lodge … The Hick 2020 Story – NTK Network

A Gov, a Cheyenne Shaman, and a ‘Hedge-Fund Guy’ Walk Into a Sweat Lodge … The Hick 2020 Story

The latest profile on Gov. John Hickenlooper's (D-CO) national ambitions includes a random and strange story about a "purifying, ancient 'sweat lodge.'"

By NTK Staff | 09.19.2018 @1:00pm
A Gov, a Cheyenne Shaman, and a ‘Hedge-Fund Guy’ Walk Into a Sweat Lodge … The Hick 2020 Story

Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) wants you to know he may be running for president in 2020. He also wants you to know he goes to sweat lodges with shamans and “hedge-fund” guys.

It’s a strange anecdote Hickenlooper told The Atlantic for their profile of the outgoing governor, which goes into some detail about his 2020 ambitions.

The Atlantic‘s Kyle Trygstad wrote:

With just a few months left in office, I asked him what’s next, since his political ambitions are one of the worst kept secrets in Colorado. His answers are not linear.

He begins telling me how he prioritizes his time transitioning from the governor’s mansion to a possible presidential bid, then segues to a scene a day earlier at a purifying, ancient “sweat lodge” with a shaman from the Cheyenne tribe and a New York hedge-fund guy he’d fly fished with that morning and who’s spent millions on conservation efforts along Colorado’s Blue River and Highway 9. Someone in the lodge asked Hickenlooper to list his top three accomplishments in office, but Hicklooper never tells me what they are, saying he related the story because it reminded him how much more he wants to do in his remaining four months.

Despite the strange story, the real takeaway may be that Hickenlooper did not tell The Atlantic what his top three accomplishments as governor have been. It’s an answer he’ll have to perfect ahead of any serious presidential run.

Whether Hickenlooper will tell the “sweat lodge” story to Iowa and New Hampshire voters is another question entirely.

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