Wednesday, February 10, 2016
CONTACT: Alan Franklin, Political Director at 303-991-1900

DENVER: After the narrow passage of legislation reauthorizing Colorado’s parental leave law for school activities in the state House of Representatives, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, launched a voter education campaign highlighting the vote by Rep. Kevin Priola of Adams County against this important bill–a vote taken after Priola hypocritically requested leave from the legislature to take his child to a doctor’s appointment.

“Kevin Priola’s vote to take away the parental leave rights Colorado families had for years proves he is not looking out for the best interests of the citizens he represents,” said ProgressNow Colorado political director Alan Franklin. “It’s critical for me as the father of a Colorado public school student that I be there for my son’s educational needs. Parental leave for children’s academic needs was the law in Colorado for years, and it didn’t hurt the economy. How can Kevin Priola look Colorado parents in the eye after voting to take away their right to be there for their kids?”

As part of ProgressNow Colorado’s accountability campaign, voter education phone calls were launched throughout Adams County calling attention to Priola’s vote and hypocrisy yesterday afternoon. Click here to listen to the recorded message, as delivered to thousands of voters in Adams County:

Hi, this is Alan Franklin, calling with an important update from the Colorado legislature. Representative Kevin Priola wants to take away parental leave rights for parents to attend school activities, even though parental leave was the law in Colorado for years. But that’s not the worst part. Priola actually requested to delay the vote on parental leave to take his child to a doctor’s appointment. Then he voted against parental leave for your kids. Call Representative Priola at 303-866-2912 and tell him enough is enough. Stop the hypocrisy. Paid for by ProgressNow Colorado.

“By requesting a delay in the vote on parental leave to attend to his own child’s needs, then voting against parental leave for everyone else, Kevin Priola has become a poster child for right-wing hypocrisy,” said Franklin. “The ‘party of family values’ is showing their true colors by fighting to take away parental leave rights Colorado families have enjoyed for years. As Kevin Priola seeks higher office, voters in Adams County need to understand whose side he is on–and it’s not the side of middle class families.”