Name calling and naysaying. The Colorado governor’s race may be in full swing, but if previous rhetoric is any indication, the next few months could get ugly.
It started last Monday, when Republican candidate Bob Beauprez announced that his running mate was Janet Rowland, a Mesa County Commissioner. Word quickly got out about Rowland, and some choice comments she made comparing gay marriage to bestiality.“Do we allow a man to marry a sheep?” she asked on a public television show taped last March. “I mean at some point, you have to draw the line.”
After the comment’s discovery, ProgressNow, a liberal advocacy group in Denver, called for replacing Rowland and asked supporters to sign a on-line petition. This in turn netted a fiery response from Beauprez campaign manager John Marshall, who said the group consisted of “bed-wetting, pampered liberals.”
“Attacks on Progress Now are just the latest indicator on how completely disorganized and unprofessional Beauprez campaign is,” said Michael Huttner, the group’s Executive Director.
Last year, Beauprez himself tasted controversy when he told the press that he knew what “Mexican time” was, when it came to the extradition of an alleged cop-killer.