“Dr. Chaps” Loves Cory Gardner’s Life At Conception Act

Cory Gardner, Gordon Klingenschmitt.

Cory Gardner, Gordon Klingenschmitt.

Yesterday saw a new lengthy email missive from Republican HD-15 nominee Gordon "Dr. Chaps" Klingenschmitt, whose wild rhetoric before and after winning the Republican primary to succeed former House Minority Leader Mark Waller has been making national headlines. Klingenschmitt's recent suggestion that openly gay Rep. Jared Polis was ready to start "beheading Christians" "in America" led to calls by Democrats for Klingenschmitt to withdraw from the HD-15 race–a call that tellingly was not picked up by Republicans like Waller or the chairman of the EL Paso County GOP.

In Klingenschmitt's latest email blast, there's no reference to Democrats beheading Christians. But while trying to watch what he says, "Dr. Chaps" still manages to leave his fellow Republicans in the hot seat:

Let's petition Congress to pass the "Life Begins at Conception Act."

Urgent Petition! Sign petition for "Life Begins at Conception" Act S.583 w/ Sen. Rand Paul. Select, sign, and WE WILL FAX your petition to all 100 Senators and 435 Congressmen instantly (saving you time!) Or select free option to Amend S.583 here.

Sen. Rand Paul's "Life Begins at Conception Act." Can it stop abortion?

The U.S. Senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul (R) has introduced the "Life Begins At Conception Act" Senate Bill S. 583, which is modeled after "Personhood" legislation we supported in ballot initiatives in Mississippi, Colorado, and Florida. [Pols emphasis]

The pro-life legislation simply applies the protections of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to unborn children, by defining them as "persons." Personhood is a legal strategy that can potentially overturn Roe v. Wade and stop the abortion holocaust in America, as predicted by Justice Blackmun who wrote the 1973 ruling: "If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment."

S. 583, Sen. Rand Paul's Life at Conception Act, is the Senate's companion measure to H.R. 1091, the Life at Conception Act co-sponsored by…yes, that's right, U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner! As our readers know, Gardner's campaign has claimed that H.R. 1091 does not have the same effect as the Personhood abortion bans that Gardner disavowed support for right after jumping in the Senate race. Factcheck.org and experts on the issue have responded that Gardner's distinction between the Colorado Personhood initiatives and the federal Life at Conception Act is bogus–the same language conferring rights to a fetus from "the moment of fertilization" in both proposals is what would have the effect of banning all abortions even in cases of rape or incest, as well as certain forms of so-called "abortifacient" birth control. Gardner has not responded anywhere that we've found to Factcheck.org's debunking of this key claim, presumably because, as we've explored at length, there is no good response.

And as you can see, "Dr. Chaps" agrees! Though we doubt Gardner will appreciate the clarification.

16 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. ModeratusModeratus says:

    Obviously, the entire purpose of this stupid blog post is to make a picture of Gardner and Klingenschmitt together.

    But it's not the same bill, and who cares what Chaps says? Colorado Pols only does when they can use him against other Republicans. Your stupid gotcha games will not save Udall. 538 now has Gardner WINNING THE RACE.

    • rathmone says:

      The federal bill Chaps is pushing is the bill Cory co-sponsors. So to explain your second sentence, let's rephrase this in language you'll understand:

      What, exactly is your definition of "is" ?

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Glad to see you and Cory and Chappy in that group hug now . . . 

      . . . btw, how do you do manage that feat with getting Chappy all anxious and agitated?

    • DawnPatrol says:

      Zippy, theres' not a dime's worh of difference between Chaps and Con Man Cory, or between Con Man's federal personahood propsal vs. the CO personhood propsoal he still supports — NO MATTER WHAT HE NOW FALSELY CLAIMS FOR POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY.

      As for 538, please, do cling to that POS. Now when and if Sam Wang says Gardner's a lock, get back to us, Until then, you're still just as ignorant. self-deluded and foolish (and inefectual) as ever.

    • SocialisticatProgressicat says:

      No, Moddy, FiveThrityEight doesn't "have Gardner WINNING."  It has the race as a tossup (you have to read the stuff with the letters and words and not just look at the pretty pictures).  Their model says, with 90% confidence, that the vote will be somewhere between Udall +10 and Cardinal Asshat +11.

    • FrankUnderwood says:

      They're twins, separated at birth.  

      And who cares what Chaps says?  Apparently a good part of your base.  The problem is the pragmatic side of your party (i.e., winning takes precedent over purity) sees correctly as the embarrassment that he is.  

      You can't have it both ways, Moddy.  You've got take your nutters if you also want their votes.


    • dustpuppydustpuppy says:

      And Natre is currently on crack and meth, and has probably unwanted skeletons that the Republicans are threatening (and failing to do so) to make up some bullshit.

      Sam Wang has a different persepctive and he has been deadly accurate for the '12 elections, and I expect him to deliver the same results.

      Republicans can continue to blow Koch money all they want, the people aren't going to change their minds – they STILL want the damn Republicans OUT of the way and removed, for good.

      Even Republican governors are in serious trouble. Look at Georgia and Kansas as an example.


  2. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    Gardner is Klingenschmitt with hair and political filters. 

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