(Promoted by Colorado Pols)
Constituents of House District 15 in El Paso County have been represented for almost two years by a homophobic, gaffe-prone politician with ethical challenges: Dr. Gordon Klingenschmitt, aka “Dr. Chaps“. Now, unless mass sanity strikes, they will probably be represented by another gay-bashing, hot-tempered, inexperienced politician: David O. Williams.
“Chaps” announced that he would not run again for HD15; he is now running against Bob Gardner for SD12,term-limited Senate President Cadman’s district. Chaps’ long-suffering constituents should have had a reprieve from embarrassing stories about their duly elected representative. Klingenschmitt’s greatest hits have included claiming that a brutal assault on a pregnant woman was God’s punishment, saying that Rep. Jared Polis wants to behead Christians, and being under IRS investigation for possible financial misconduct.
Unfortunately, House District 15’s new Republican nominee, David O. Williams, looks to be potentially every bit as embarrassing as Chaps. Homophobia? Check. Lack of elected experience? Check. Hot temper – Shoot first, then aim? Check. Dubious financial history, only ever employed in his father-in-law’s business, kicked out of the only two positions he’s ever been elected to ? Check. Add to this access to weapons and $2,000 from Rocky Mountain Gun Owners in 12/2013, and EPCO HD15 voters may have another embarrassingly rocky two years ahead of them.
David Williams is the son-in-law of his employer, Doyle McAlister, who was a registered sex offender in 2013. McAlister’s company, MKW Global Sourcing, is primarily in the Chinese export-import business. MKW employs Williams as Program Manager.
Williams ran for HD15 in 2014, but Dr. Chaps got the nod from the El Paso County delegates. Williams’ homophobic behavior is well known, and has included booing a “Log Cabin” gay delegate; threatening someone else with an AR15; discriminating against funding of gay clubs as UCCS Student Body President, and fostering a climate of gay-bashing and bullying during his tenure, because of which he was finally impeached.
However, David O. Williams won 72% of the assembly votes at the El Paso County Assembly on March 26, 2016. This was enough for Williams to become the Republican candidate on the November ballot, edging out his opponent, Josh Hosler.
So, HD15 voters, you’ve suffered through all of the Dr. Chaps trauma and mortification. Please Think! . There will eventually be a perfectly good Democrat in the race. (EPCO Dems will meet April 15, and the State Dem convention is April 16). Consider a libertarian. A moderate Republican. But please don’t elect this inexperienced, hotheaded, gay-bashing young gunhead to represent you in the state legislature.
h/t to Elliot Fladen for the David Williams alert.
h/t PCG – I have made extensive use of the research of Progressive Cowgirl, a longtime Polster who has since moved on to greener pastures.
Because David Williams is a common name, note please that this is not the David O Williams who writes excellent pieces for the Colorado Independent.
Nor is it David K Williams, a libertarian candidate for Colorado Attorney General.