MONDAY UPDATE #2: FOX 31's Eli Stokols with reaction from GOP chairman Ryan Call as Gordon Klingenschmitt apologizes for his self-described "hyperbole."
“Gordon, as I’ve said before, does not speak for the Colorado Republican Party,” Call told FOX31 Denver. “His views do not reflect my personal position or the position of the party.
“But this tired, ineffectual tactic of trying to brand all Republicans based on these comments — the Todd Akin approach [Pols emphasis] — it’s not going to work this time around,” Call continued. “Voters are too sophisticated. They know that one legislative candidate in Colorado Springs doesn’t reflect the views of Bob Beauprez or Cory Gardner.”
To summarize, Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call really doesn't want to accept that Klingenschmitt is the Republican Party's nominee for Colorado House District 15, a safe Republican seat–which means that barring the extraordinary, this man is headed for the Colorado Capitol in January as an elected GOP state representative. That makes "Dr. Chaps" Call's responsibility, to a significantly greater degree than if he was some lone crazy with a sandwich board.
Chairman Call fails to recognize this at his peril.
MONDAY UPDATE: House Speaker Mark Ferrandino calls on Colorado Republicans to speak out about "Dr. Chaps." From a press release (full text after the jump):
"I call on Ryan Call and other Republicans to denounce Mr. Klingenschmitt and his homophobic, extreme, and slanderous attacks against Congressman Polis."
Colorado House District 15's Republican nominee, Gordon "Dr. Chaps" Klingenschmitt, continues to shock national audiences with his video program–in which he has made statements that are, there's no nice way to say this, disqualifying from anything you'd call responsible politics. But after Klingenschmitt's victory in the June HD-15 primary, a relatively safe Republican district, the chances are pretty good that Dr. Chaps will be bringing his special brand of over-the-top distasteful lunacy to the Colorado Capitol next January.
When we say this guy is insane, do we really mean in a clinical sense, or just kind of, you know, metaphorically for politics? For those who still haven't heard about Dr. Chaps, we can't introduce him any better than Right Wing Watch:
Just let that sink in: a man who thinks that "Obamacare causes cancer," that the Bible commands people to own guns in order to "defend themselves against left wing crazies," and that the FCC is allowing demonic spirits to "molest and visually rape your children" is now a Republican candidate for office.
Yes, folks, we mean crazy on the objective scale. And you really can't say that about many politicians.
Early this morning, Klingenschmitt possibly topped even his own very high mark for insanity. In an email from Klingenschmitt's Pray in Jesus' Name Project, a screed attacking Rep. Jared Polis that very straightforwardly blew us away:
Gay Congressman: "No Religious Exemptions" for Christians
The openly homosexual Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced a revised bill to force Christian employers and business owners to hire and promote homosexuals with ZERO RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS for Christians who want to opt out.
Polis "wants sexual orientation and gender identity treated the same way as race, religion, sex, and national origin, when it comes to employment protections," claims the Advocate, under the headline "Polis trims ENDA's religious exemption."
Dr. Chaps' comment: The open persecution of Christians is underway. Democrats like Polis want to bankrupt Christians who refuse to worship and endorse his sodomy. Next he'll join ISIS in beheading Christians, but not just in Syria, right here in America. [Pols emphasis]
There's really no commentary necessary to elucidate how disgustingly inappropriate, false, nonsensical, whatever adjective you want to apply this is. To say this kind of talk has no place in Colorado politics is a major understatement. Perhaps the best that can be said is it's so far over the line, no one can take it seriously–but that brings us back to the fact that this man is the Republican nominee for a seat in the Colorado legislature.
Like it or not, many more people than Dr. Chaps should be ashamed right now.
"Speaker Ferrandino calls on Ryan Call & Colorado GOP to denounce Klingenschmitt and his extremist anti-gay remarks against Congressman Polis"
DENVER-Today, Mark Ferrandino, Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, called on Ryan Call and the Colorado Republican Party to denounce Gordon Klingenschmitt, Republican nominee for House District 15 after Klingenschmitt claimed in a newsletter from his Pray in Jesus Name Project that Rep. Polis would be "joining ISIS in beheading Christians, but not just in Syria, right here in America."
Mark Ferrandino, Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, said:
"The Colorado Republican Party has squandered their credibility over and over again with these kinds of over the top and offensive remarks. They are far behind the people of Colorado when it comes to issues of basic fairness, civil rights, and apparently even common decency.
I call on Ryan Call and other Republicans to denounce Mr. Klingenschmitt and his homophobic, extreme, and slanderous attacks against Congressman Polis."
Colorado has made great progress recently on the issue of LGBT rights and fairness, first with the passage of the Colorado Civil Unions Act in 2013, and then with many county clerks and recorders taking it upon themselves to issue marriage licenses to any loving, adult couples in Colorado, regardless of sexual orientation.
Klingenschmitt penned this newsletter in reaction to a bill Congressman Polis introduced in the US House of Representatives, which mirrors existing Colorado law including gender identity and sexual orientation in employment non-discrimination protections; an issue that is of basic fairness and supported by an overwhelming majority of Coloradans.