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Colo. Gov. Hickenlooper Accidentally Calls Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia A 'Sex Star'

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper delivers his second State of the State address to a joint session of the state's lawmakers at the Capitol in Denver on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. Applauding are House Speaker Frank McNulty, left, and Senate President Brandon Shaffer, right. Hickenlooper urged lawmakers to move forward on social and financial goals this session, encouraging them to prove
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper delivers his second State of the State address to a joint session of the state's lawmakers at the Capitol in Denver on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. Applauding are House Speaker Frank McNulty, left, and Senate President Brandon Shaffer, right. Hickenlooper urged lawmakers to move forward on social and financial goals this session, encouraging them to prove "cynics" wrong and show they can cooperate to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples and make the Colorado

By Associated Press

DENVER -- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's flattering comments about Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia turned into a bit of a flub.

While introducing him at a childhood literacy event in Denver Wednesday, the governor mistakenly referred to Garcia as a "rising sex star."

Hickenlooper routinely introduces Garcia as a "rising star" and a "rock star" at public events. The Democrat immediately caught his slip that was caught by KOA radio and reported Thursday by The Denver Post ( http://goo.gl/NMxxA )

According to the tape, Hickenlooper says, "Now I get to introduce that rising sex star . symbol. I mean, symbol – not star."

After some awkward laughter, he panned that it might go down as one of his most difficult press conferences.

Listen to the audio clip here, courtesy of 850 KOA Radio.

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