Jared Polis Releases First General-Election Ad, Telling the Story of Karen Mahany

‘Jared Polis stood by me. When he says he’s going to stand with you, stand up for you, there’s no holding him back.’


The Polis for Colorado campaign today released its first TV ad of the general election, a 60-second spot entitled “Karen.”

The ad tells the story of Karen Mahany, whose husband Patrick was killed in a tragic Flight for Life helicopter crash in Frisco in 2015. Patrick, who was a 27-year veteran pilot, would have survived the crash had the helicopter’s fuel system not ignited on impact.

Since the tragedy, Jared Polis has fought to reform safety standards for crash-resistant fuel systems on all civil rotorcrafts to avoid loss of life in the event of future crashes. Jared has stood by his constituent Karen Mahany and supported her as she grieved and sought reforms, so that she wouldn’t have to go through it alone.

“Since the crash, Jared has stood by my side — including attending hearings alongside me so I wouldn’t be alone and calling on the anniversary of the tragedy just to make sure I was doing OK. And he’s led the effort to improve safety for air medical crews and patients nationally,” Karen Mahany said. “Jared has earned my support as Colorado’s next governor.”

“When it comes down to it, public service is about fighting for the people in our community, and standing with them in their time of greatest need,” Jared Polis said. “Karen has shown incredible courage and strength by working to save lives and spare other families the pain she has endured. It’s been an honor to fight alongside her to protect Coloradans and Americans from future tragedy.”

Watch the full ad here.

Here is the transcript:

KAREN: When my husband Patrick was killed in an accident with a Flight for Life Helicopter, Jared Polis stood by me in my darkest hour.

TEXT ON SCREEN: Because of loopholes in helicopter safety rules, the helicopter ignited on impact. With proper safety rules, Veteran Patrick Mahany would have survived.

KAREN: He was my best friend. He was the love of my life. I miss him every day. And I always will.

TEXT ON SCREEN: After the crash, Jared Polis championed legislation to update safety rules and protect future helicopter crews.

KAREN: Jared Polis stood by me. When he says he’s going to stand with you, stand up for you, there’s no holding him back. He will do whatever it takes to make sure that the people he’s representing are protected, and he has not faltered one second on that. He is not the typical politician. You have to have someone who’s persistent. And Jared’s persistent. He’s not letting up on this.


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