Will Personhood backers pull support, taking cue from Buck?

In a KBDI Channel 12 debate Sept. 17, News4 reporter Terry Jessup asked Gualberto Garcia Jones of Personhood Colorado about GOP support for the Personhood initiative, Amendment 62.

“I mean there’s no one out there with the possible exception of Ken Buck that has talked about this much,” Jessup asked Gualberto. “Why is that?”

Jessup is right that candidates aren’t talking about Personhood much, but plenty of them have endorsed the measure.

As Jones pointed out in response to Jessup:

“One of the changes that we saw from this amendment from the last amendment in 2008 is that we have had at least had tacit endorsement from every major GOP candidate out there. Every candidate that calling himself pro-life is saying personhood is the way to go. And to me that’s a great in roads. Ken Buck is willing to stand up for a child conceived in rape. That takes guts, and I really appreciate that.”

“Tacit” support is hard to pin down, but here’s a list below of candidates (32 Republicans and Tancredo) on record as endorsing the measure, according to surveys by the Christian Family Alliance of Colorado and/or Colorado Right to Life.

Now that the Personhood issue is making headlines, Jessup and other reporters should ask the significant candidates who have endorsed Personhood whether they will take a cue from Buck and alter their position on Amendment 62.

Buck, you recall, backtracked because he said he didn’t understand that the initiative would ban common forms of birth control, like the Pill and IUDs. First Buck said he supported Amendment 62, then his campaign said he opposed it, and most recently he said he’s neutral on it.


* Ken Buck (U.S. SENATE) — nnow says he’s neutral on Amend. 62
* Dan Maes (Governor)
* Tom Tancredo (Governor)
* Cory Gardner (Congress)
* Sue Sharkey (CU Regent)

Colorado SENATE Candidates

* Greg Brophy (SD 1)
* Kevin Grantham (SD 2)
* Vera Ortegon (SD 3)
* Wayne Wolf (SD 5)
* Steve King (SD 7)
* Kent Lambert (SD 9)
* Scott Renfroe (SD 13)
* Kevin Lundberg (SD 15)
* Timothy Leonard (SD 16)
* Mike Kopp (SD 22)
* Tedd Harvey (SD 30)

Colorado HOUSE candidates

* Mark Barker (HD 17)
* Libby Szabo (HD 27)
* Jim Kerr (HD 28)
* Kaarl Hoopes (HD 32)
* Brian Vande Krol (HD 34)
* Edgar Antillon (HD 35)
* Kathleen Conti (HD 38)
* Frank McNulty (HD 43)
* Chirs Holbert (HD 44)
* Steve Rodriguez (HD 46)
* Glenn Vaad (HD 48)
* BJ Nikkel (HD 49)
* Ray Scott (HD 54)
* Randy Baumgardner (HD 57)
* Mark Rogers (HD 58)
* John Becker (HD 63)
* Jerry Sonnenberg (HD 65)

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