The brand-new Colorado Black Caucus, reported by Lynn Bartels at The Denver Post, apparently listed El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn as one of its more prominent members. Problem is, Glenn never joined.
Glenn, who is black, laughed when I asked him about the caucus, and said he had never agreed to be in it. He said he’d received an email last year about a possible meeting, but he never met with anyone.
“I’m on their distribution list, so I guess I’ve been drafted,” he said, still laughing. “The only association I’m part of is the bar association.”
(He’s a lawyer, and is a co-owner of Glenn Law Firm P.C. His specialty is family law.)
Glenn said he would consider joining if the group is non-partisan, and would like to know more about the caucus, especially if it’s dedicated to encouraging more minorities to get involved in politics. The caucus, though, was founded by state Rep. Angela Williams, a Denver Democrat, and several other prominent members listed by Bartels are also Democrats.
Williams said she apparently misunderstood Glenn.
“I’ve had conversations with Darryl Glenn, and based on that and invitations to meetings, I thought he was fine with the idea,” Williams said.
She said the caucus currently has 11 members, and none of them are Republicans. But she said the organization is non-partisan, and that she would love to have Glenn as a member.
“I have reached out to him,” Williams said.
Without Glenn, all of the caucus’s members are from the Denver metro area, including a city councilman from Centennial and one from Commerce City.
And Glenn said he’s not going to go out of his way to join. If the group ever meets somewhere “convenient” for him, he said he’ll stop by to get more information. When asked if he’s going to attend the group’s first meeting tomorrow night in Denver, he responded quickly.
“Won’t be there.”