I’m going to be talking about Colorado’s most wholesome and conservative lawmakers, Focus on the Family and politicians now pushing for family values.
You better have the children leave the room.
After the mid-term political battle of the century, control of the Colorado Senate went to the GOP on Saturday when they won 18 seats against 17 for the Dems. So the GOP will be running the show in Colorado’s upper House for the next General Assembly. The Dems held onto the House, and as we all know, Gov. John Luckylooper barely won a second term.
It was an ugly election. Lots of name calling. Lots of half-truths and plenty of lies. That part was politics as usual.
So this is where everyone sets aside their fabrications, their pasts and their hard feelings and lets everyone re-invent themselves.
U.S. Senator-elect Cory Gardner is now a new-ideas moderate, anxious to find the middle ground on immigration.
Yup. Gov. John Hickenlooper? He got the message that Colorado politicians can get hurt playing with gun laws. We’ll see.
And the new boss of the Colorado Senate, GOP state Sen. Bill Cadman of Colorado Springs? He’s ushering in a new era of non-partisan leadership under the gold dome, intent on putting Colorado back on the right track, if you know what I mean.
Cadman. Hmmmmm. Cadman? Sound familiar? It might if you’re from Aurora and still aching over the Aurora theater massacre. It might sound familiar if you’re part of the Focus on the Family fiasco, or if you’re an observer of politicians who stick their feet in their own mouths about putting their fists inside the dorsal orifices of other politicians.
Oh, yeah. That Sen. Bill Cadman.
He was the voice of Republicans in the state Senate in January this year when he talked about goodwill, bi-partisanship and how Democrat-led legislation caused a “visceral” upheaval that led to two well-deserved recalls in southern Colorado. There, Republicans politically lynched two state legislators for supporting two mild gun-control measures. In his opening session remarks in January, Cadman said Democrats risked the end of their world with their gun-control antics. Ironically, the two Republicans who prevailed in the recalls lost their very brief legislative careers to Democratic gun-control proponents. History can be so fickle. But Cadman said the recall was momentous.
“When President Abraham Lincoln said a house divided cannot stand, he was talking about government,” Cadman said in his remarks to the Senate. “When Jesus said it, he was talking about kingdoms in heaven and on earth, government, I think they were on to something.”
Ummm. OK. Cadman hated gun control, said that Democrats wouldn’t bend to the GOP will, and implied the crazy northeast Colorado secession stunt was justified. If this is sounding like Cadman’s leading the state Senate bodes ill for Aurora don’t worry, it gets worse.
During the 2013 legislative session, as the state was still struggling with the aftermath of the Aurora theater shooting, Cadman and others appeared at a Denver Post forum focusing on the shooting and the Legislature’s response. Cadman clearly bristled when Tom Sullivan started asking questions about some lawmakers’ objection to gun and ammo restrictions. Sullivan’s son was killed during the shootings. He’s been a force for the government to do something ever since. Just after the forum, Sullivan approached Cadman to give him a collage of photos of his dead son, an effort — ill-advised or not —to put a face with the tragedy.
“I know what he looks like,” Sullivan said Cadman snapped at the ploy. The interchange made national headlines.
Of course it wasn’t the first time Cadman’s inopportune remarks made news. During a state House session in 2005, then state Rep. Cadman and another lawmaker got into it on the floor over a bill allowing families of soldiers killed in action to don special license plates. When the bill’s sponsor offered amendments, Cadman called them “garbage.” So the lawmaker called Cadman garbage. So Cadman said, “If you try that again, I’ll ram my fist up your ass.”
Ohhhhh, yeah. That Cadman. Goodness. This from a man tied tightly to the Colorado Springs think-tank-political-action-committee-mega-church Focus on the Family. You know, the Focus on the Family that supports sexual reorientation for “sick” homosexuals.
First Cadman tried to deny the incident, even though practically the entire House pretty much heard him. Then he refused to back off his curious threat. That only made the situation worse. Cadman’s critics sent him advice and products associated with his fist-shaking tirade. Then newspapers got into the fracas.
“What is shocking is not only Cadman’s reluctance to express regret but the fact that he wasn’t absolutely mortified by what he’d stooped to say,” the conservative Op-Ed page of the Rocky Mountain News said. “It would never occur to most people to use such an expression even in private, no matter how incensed they were over an affront, let alone utter such words in public before other elected officials.”
If that Focus on the Family thing rang a distant bell, let me remind you that 1. Cadman is an avid fan. 2. His wife, Lisa, works there. 3. They regularly try to force the Legislature in Colorado and other states to enact laws that force schools to teach creationism, to not teach sex-education and to forbid schools from teaching kids that homosexuality is neither a sickness nor a sin.
Focus on the family’s mission? “Nurturing and defending the God-ordained institution of the family and promoting biblical truths worldwide.” And in the Colorado Legislature.
So it’s time to set all of this aside, and get onto some re-inventing. It’s time for a clean slate, allowing Cadman a fresh opportunity to put his money where his mouth is, rather than where his foot has spent so much time over the past 10 years. I his own words, “On Opening Day of 2015, will we look back and say we made history or repeated it?”
— Editor Dave Perry