Colo. governor utters 'sex star' gaffe

March 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM
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DENVER, March 4 (UPI) -- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says his introduction of his lieutenant governor to an audience of school children as a "sex star" was a compliment gone awry.

"I didn't mean 'sex symbol,' I meant 'rock star,' but I said 'sex star,'" Hickenlooper said Thursday, the day after his ill-fated effort to describe Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia during a literacy event at Colfax Elementary School in Denver. "It was a poorly designed effort to pay compliments to Joe.

"This might go down as one of my most difficult press conferences in the history of the office.

"As I say to my wife all the time, there's always 5 feet between me and disaster. That's the distance between my foot and my mouth."

Garcia took it all in stride.

"He calls me a rock star a lot," the lieutenant governor told the Post. "I'm really a pretty straight-arrow, boring kind of guy."

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