Denver Rejects E.T. Affairs Commission
Think of Denver, Colorado and what comes to mind? The Rockies? The Broncos? Coors beer? How about the world's first government-sanctioned extraterrestrial-affairs commission?
That's what the Mile High City might have brought into existence on November 2, had Denver voters approved Initiative 300, brainchild of Jeff Peckman's EXTRA Campaign.
By a nearly five to one margin, however, Denver told E.T. not to go home, but to go the hell home. There will be no Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission in Denver any time soon.
After his ballot petition was deemed insufficient by the Denver Elections Division in September 2009, Peckman resubmitted it in November 2009 and the petition was approved. Initially scheduled to be included in the August 10, 2010 primary election ballot, Peckman’s initiative later was placed on the November 2, 2010 midterm election ballot.
Approximately 4,000 signatures had to be collected and verified for the ballot initiative to be accepted by the Elections Division. Peckman has said that he collected more than twice that number.
Whether or not Peckman reloads for 2012 remains to be seen.
Peckman arrived on the national stage in 2008, making appearances on David Letterman’s show and elsewhere, after he held a press conference during which he claimed to have in his possession an amateur video of an extraterrestrial standing at a Nebraska man’s window.