Call For Gordon Klingenschmitt To Withdraw From Colorado House Race

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at amy@progressnowcolorado.org

DENVER: ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, today called for Republican House District 15 candidate Gordon Klingenschmitt to immediately withdraw from the upcoming elections. ProgressNow Colorado issued its call after Klingenschmitt claimed in a fundraising email this weekend that Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder, who is Jewish, intends to “join ISIS in beheading Christians, but not just in Syria, right here in America.”

“Gordon Klingenschmitt’s extreme homophobic slurs have no place in any civil discussion of American politics,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “There is absolutely nothing that can justify these outlandish statements, certainly nothing in Rep. Jared Polis’ record of fighting for equality for all Americans.”

“Like it or not, Klingenschmitt is the Republican Party’s nominee for Colorado House District 15,” said Runyon-Harms. “His extreme rhetoric dishonors not just the Republican Party, but other Republican politicians who have endorsed his campaign either directly or indirectly. Sen. Bernie Herpin, who invited Klingenschmitt to deliver a prayer at his recall victory party, should disavow Klingenschmitt–or explain why he will not.”

“For years, Colorado conservatives have turned a blind eye to irresponsible extremism,” said Runyon-Harms. “Now, one of their worst offenders is receiving national attention just before a major election. Is Gordon Klingenschmitt the new face of the Colorado Republican Party? If Klingenschmitt refuses to withdraw, and his Republican colleagues refuse to ask him to do so, he must be.”

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