Right Wing Watch updates on the campaign by disgraced former Navy chaplain turned anti-gay activist Gordon "Dr. Chaps" Klingenschmitt to win retiring Rep. Mark Waller's HD-15, an ultra-safe Colorado Springs Republican district:
Next week, demon expert, anti-gay exorcist and all around crackpot Gordon Klingenschmitt will be on the ballot in the Colorado Republican primary for a seat representing District 15 in the state House of Representatives and he's trotting out the endorsements from like-minded Religious Right supporters such as Susan Sutherland of Colorado Right to Life and Jerry Boykin from the Family Research Council…
Today, Klingenschmitt is attracting yet more national attention with a robocall to Republican voters in the district from Alan Keyes, an African-American conservative pundit and former minor presidential candidate recently made famous for a failed lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama's citizenship. Here's the audio:
This is Ambassador Alan Keyes calling to endorse my friend Dr. Gordon Klingenschmitt for House District 15 state representative.
Gordon is an Air Force Academy graduate honorably discharged after twenty years on active duty. As a whistle-blower, Gordon valiantly defended the First Amendment and our military chaplains' right to pray in Jesus' name.
Gordon's stand cost him his military career and pension, so Congress backed him up. Gordon's left-wing opponent is lying about Gordon's inspiring record knowing that even the Secretary of the Navy was corrected by Gordon and Congress on this one…
The funny part is that Klingenschmitt's "left wing opponent" is Dave Williams, an especially strident young anti-gay Republican activist who was impeached by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs student government for refusing to sign off on a request to fund an LGBT event on campus while serving as student body president. The primary between Williams and Klingenschmitt has become a notably acrimonious affair, which seems odd given the likelihood that either one will prove a significant embarrassment to the Republican brand upon arrival at the state capitol next January. Klingenschmitt is the top-line candidate after winning 71% of the assembly vote, but Williams enjoys the endorsement of the all-powerful (in a GOP primary, anyway) Rocky Mountain Gun Owners. We haven't heard if outgoing Rep. Waller has made an endorsement in this race, but it wouldn't surprise us at all if he sat the battle for his successor out.
As soon as this primary is settled, we'll likely know who the craziest member of the 2015 legislature is.