Today, former Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt of Colorado Springs appeared at a high-profile press conference to defend the embattled U.S. Senate campaign of former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore. Moore, beset by a growing body of allegations that he sexually harassed and assaulted underage women while serving as a district attorney in his 30s, has been nominally disowned by Republicans including Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado in his capacity as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC)–who said after several days of bad press that Moore should be expelled from the Senate if he prevails in next month’s special election.
In his speech today, ex-Rep. Klingenschmitt lavished praise on Moore for standing behind Klingenschmitt during his legal drama stemming from illegally appearing at a White House protest wearing his Navy uniform. As Buzzfeed reports, Klingenschmitt went directly after the women now accusing Moore of impropriety:
Gordon Klingenschmitt…quoted the Ten Commandments — “Thou shalt not bear false witness” — as he described Moore’s accusers. He went on to mention Beverly Young Nelson’s stepson, who used a baseless conspiracy theory to question his stepmother’s account of her assault, and an inaccurate Breitbart story attempting to depict Leigh Corfman’s mother as saying that the Washington Post coerced the story from her daughter. Corfman’s mother had told the Washington Post that she was “horrified” when her daughter told her of her experience with Moore.
So much for believing the women–not that we expected much better from “Dr. Chaps.”
One question that local observers will find curious in Klingenschmitt’s speech today, at the beginning, was his claim that he is currently a professor at Colorado Christian University. That’s an important point, since in last year’s HD-15 primary, Bob Beauprez’s hit group fronted by Dede Laugesen and employing Dan Njegomir now of the Colorado Springs Gazette played up the fact that Klingenschmitt was not an employee of CCU:
The controversial first-term state legislator and televangelist from Colorado Springs—under scrutiny for over $1 million that was raised since 2010 through a tax-exempt charity he operates—calls himself “Dr. Chaps” in his public persona and touts a litany of advanced degrees. His Wikipedia page states, “Klingenschmitt is a part-time college professor, serving as affiliate faculty at Colorado Christian University in the division of Biblical Studies.” A website he uses to promote his political campaigns states, “He earned his PhD in Theology at Regent University, and also holds Doctor of Divinity, M.B.A., M.Div, and B.S. Political Science degrees, and is a College Professor.”
However, a representative of Lakewood-based Colorado Christian University issued a statement via email to Colorado Government Watch this week confirming Klingenschmitt is in fact not teaching at the school.
“I can confirm that he has taught classes for Colorado Christian University in the past, but is not teaching at the present time and is not scheduled for future classes,” stated the email from Earl Waggoner, dean of biblical studies and theology at CCU’s College of Adult & Graduate Studies. Waggoner did not elaborate on why Klingenschmitt no longer is teaching at the campus.
Well folks, now it’s time for CCU to “elaborate” on why Klingenschmitt is back–and dropping the institution’s name in defense of Roy Moore!
We assume the respectable Republicans in CCU’s orbit will want to know.