Brauchler Compares Prop CC Ballot Measure to Sex Assault

(It’s so weird that Brauchler failed at running for both Governor AND Attorney General in 2018 🙄 Promoted by Colorado Pols)

“This is the hand on the knee, and if we don’t swat it away, they’re going to come for TABOR with a big, deep, tongue-down-your-throat kiss, here, next year or about a year after that.”

That’s Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler on KHOW radio yesterday (at 43 min 30 seconds), using a sexual-assault analogy to convince voters not to approve a ballot measure allowing Colorado to spend all the tax revenue it already collects.

“Slippery slope,” is a much gentler way of making Brauchler’s argument, and it’s not clear why Brauchler felt the need to use the inflammatory language.

The primary argument that advocates of the ballot measure are making is, the state needs to remove restrictions on its budget so that it can “fix our roads and bridges, improve our schools by hiring and retaining the best teachers, and improve our economy with investments that help all Coloradans.”

Opponents like Brauchler say there’s already enough money.

Do we need to bring up sexual assault to debate this, asked one proponent, pointing out that most Coloradans have already voted at the local level to let the government keep all the taxes it collects. This measure would extend it statewide.

The question, called Proposition CC, on the ballot reads: “Without raising taxes and to better fund public schools, higher education, and roads, bridges and transit, within a balanced budget, may the state keep and spend all the revenue it annually collects after June 30, 2019, but is not currently allowed to keep and spend under Colorado law, with an annual independent audit to show hoe the retained revenues are spent?”

Colorado conservatives have been using sex-assault analogies lately to throw punches in debates about state taxes and budgets. Jon Caldara used a similar date-rape analogy in Denver Post last month in a column headlined, “Why Date Rapists Hate Tabor.”

Given that one in five U.S. women has been raped, the use of sex-assault analogies in political campaigns is risky at best but more likely counter-productive, say political strategists.


7 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. unnamed says:

    Isn't this the same George Brauchler who said that we were in good hands with someone who bragged about grabbing women in an intimate area?


    So, Prop CC is going to move on TABOR like a bitch?  Because when you're a voter approved initiative, they let you do it?

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    Wow.  George oughta’ maybe dial back a bit the dosage on his low-T supplements ??? . . . 

  3. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    In his office's priorities and official communication (such as the 18th District web page), Brauchler is pretty good about outlining an approach to sexual assault. 

    Do you suppose a media microphone or radio waves in a station adversely impact his decision making?

  4. Genghis says:

    Brauchler is such a roaring douchebag that it's easy to lose track of how breathtakingly stupid he is. Both characteristics are on full display in this here story.

  5. kwtreekwtree says:

    How awesome it is when someone shows “sympathy for sex assault survivors” by using graphic language to try to sell their own political agenda.

    I guess it’s the same reasoning used to sell unrestricted gun rights as somehow feminist or akin to controlling ones own reproductive system- sell it to women, because apparently we’re thought to be so stupid that we’ll buy anything if they put lipstick on it. 

  6. Gray in Mountains says:

    I'm no fan of Brauchler. But, I think he just described a really passionate kiss, not a sexual assault

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