Wednesday, April 6, 2011 -- Gov. John Hickenlooper issued this statement today about Denver City Councilwoman Carla Madison, who died Tuesday night after a long battle with cancer.
“One of the greatest joys working for the city of Denver was spending time with Carla Madison. She was eclectic in the most wonderful sense of the word and embraced a broad variety of passions. From expanding access to health care to promoting historic preservation, Carla was propelled by a relentless curiosity that knew no boundaries. A conversation with Carla seldom went where either us of expected, but it was always a joy.
“Although Carla was flamboyant in her dress and lifestyle, she was thoughtful and pragmatic in her approach to public policy. She was a staunch believer in good government, and was an unwavering ally when we attempted difficult changes. It is likely the city would not have a new zoning code without her efforts. She was equally supportive of reforming the city’s public safety agencies.
“Carla loved culture. Her natural compassion led her to support individual artists with the same zeal she supported major museums.
“Carla’s humor and good will permeated everything she touched. She could find a silver lining in almost anything. Often, if I was having a bad day or even a bad week, I would seek her out for the tonic of her company. I doubt I was the only one. There is and never was anyone like her.
“I have no idea what any of us will do without her. Our hearts go out to her soul-mate and husband, Paul Weiss, whose strength these past months is a model for the world. We will all miss Carla dearly.”