As posted here yesterday, supporters of this year’s version of a tough abortion ban ballot measure have submitted their petition signatures. The problem is that they submitted only barely enough signatures to technically qualify for the ballot–based on the usual percentage of signatures rejected by the Secretary of State in the course of verification, proponents’ margin of only 4,000 votes or so will not be nearly enough.
CD-4 candidate Cory Gardner probably wishes he had known that before going on the record:
Proudly declared. But remember, this is essentially the same “eggmendment” that failed in 2008 by the widest margins of any ballot initiative in recent memory. It’s the anti-abortion measure so hardcore that ardently conservative Senate candidate Bob Schaffer couldn’t support it. As much as Cory Gardner’s support for “personhood” may help with some GOP primary voters, it’s going to hurt him badly in the general election–even the amazingly tone-deaf Schaffer understood this.
At this point, having made his bed to lie in, Gardner had better hope those 80,000 signatures are as good as gold–the only thing worse than becoming the public face of a divisive issue campaign is doing so just before it crashes and burns. But either way, the TV spots aren’t going to be pretty.