News reports raise serious questions about congressional candidate’s judgment

Monday, September 24, 2012
CONTACT: Joanne Schwartz, Executive Director, 303-991-1900

DENVER: Following a new report this weekend describing numerous extreme and laughable statements attributed to Colorado congressional candidate Joe Coors, Jr., ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on Coors to fully explain comments that raise serious questions about his judgment.

“Joe Coors, Jr. might have a famous name, but he needs to make the case that he’s the right person represent Seventh District,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Joanne Schwartz. “We aren’t seeing that from his on-the-record statements.”

A lengthy story in the Sunday Denver Post this weekend recounts Joe Coors’ life story and rise through the Coors family hierarchy to the CEO of CoorsTek. 1 Coors’ biography contains numerous examples of extreme and questionable statements, as reported both by the Denver Post and two 1988 Los Angeles Times stories about the Coors family. Joe Coors predicted that “Armageddon” would occur in the year 2000. Coors reportedly once believed that “AIDS was God’s revenge on gays,” and thinks that homosexuality is an “abomination.” In addition, Coors helped fund the 2010 Personhood abortion and birth control ban.

“Given ample opportunity to repudiate these shocking and extreme views, Joe Coors is apparently unapologetic about his prejudicial opinion of gays and lesbians,” said Schwartz. “Joe Coors makes no apology for helping fund a radical ballot initiative to ban abortion and even many forms of birth control, even calling his actions ‘visionary.’ And while Joe Coors was obviously wrong about ‘Armageddon’ taking place in the year 2000, he owes the voters of the Seventh District a much better explanation for this nonsense than simply saying he has ‘mellowed.’”

“Joe Coors, Jr. is incredibly out of touch,” said Schwartz. “Not just with the moderate voters of Colorado’s Seventh District, but he seems to be out of touch with reality itself.”