Monday, February 1, 2016
CONTACT: Alan Franklin, Political Director, at [email protected]

DENVER: After a display of callous hypocrisy last week in the Colorado House Education Committee, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on Rep. Kevin Priola to apologize for voting against parental leave for school activities–a bill that would help working families just like his own manage their important responsibilities to their children.

“As the parent of a Jeffco public school student, being there for my son’s educational needs is personally important,” said ProgressNow Colorado political director Alan Franklin. “As a fellow family man, Rep. Priola should be able to appreciate the difficulty we face being there for our kids. But not only did Kevin Priola vote against parental leave for school activities, he did so after hypocritically asking to be excused for a child’s doctor’s appointment.”

Last week, Rep. Kevin Priola requested that the House Education Committee postpone voting on House Bill 16-1002, which would allow parents to take an unpaid leave to attend children’s school activities. Rep. Priola requested the delay due to a doctor’s appointment for his own child. [1]

“It’s just another example of the right wing’s hostility toward the ‘family values’ they claim to champion,” said Franklin. “When families are in conflict with corporate special interests, the ‘party of family values’ leaves the families of Colorado out in the cold. By delaying his vote against parental leave with the excuse of needing to take care of his own children, Rep. Priola exposes hypocrisy much greater than his own.”