The lead singer of OneRepublic endorsed Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper for reelection

 

Songwriter and OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder endorsed Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) Thursday in his reelection campaign.

“He may not be a great backup singer, but he’s a great governor, and I really encourage people to get out and vote for him in this election,” Tedder said in a statement.

The two released a video in which Hickenlooper plays OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” with Tedder, and sings rather poorly.

“Ryan is a fan of the governor and wanted to support him,” said Eddie Stern, communications director for Hickenlooper’s campaign.

“You are very good at liking music and listening to it, you are not very good at playing it or anything to do with it,” Tedder said in the video. “But if I were a voting man I would vote that you stick to legislation and governing.”

The video is part of the #WhyILoveColorado campaign, “designed to highlight the hundreds of unique attributes that make Colorado the best state in the union,” according to a campaign press release.

Hickenlooper has a one-point lead over his Republican opponent Bob Beauprez, according to a July Public Policy Polling poll. A spokesperson for Beauprez dismissed the video.

“It’s typical John Hickenlooper,” said Allen Fuller, the campaign’s communications director.”There’s a whole host of problems in the state, there’s serious questions about his leadership, and he responds by releasing a video of himself playing guitar — badly.”

OneRepublic formed in Colorado, and has reached No. 2 twice on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Counting Stars” in 2013 and “Apologize” in 2007. Tedder has also co-written and produced hits for other artists including Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love” and Beyonce’s “Halo.”

Hunter Schwarz covers state and local politics and policy across the country for the Washington Post.
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