One week from today is November 4, Election Day in the United States and, mercifully, that will be the end of the 2014 political campaigns. Of course, the 2016 campaigning for president is already unofficially underway, but we can let that slide for a while because here in Colorado, we need a rest. We’ve had a truly ugly senate race in progress between Sen. Mark Udall (D) and Rep. Cory Gardner (R). It’s been pretty much a single-issue campaign focusing on whether or not Gardner is a proponent of personhood (he is) but we, the voters, stopped listening a long time ago. After all, if memory serves, the first TV commercials for this race aired last January.
It would have been nice to hear what the candidates have done for us in the past, or hope to do if elected, but there’s been none of that. Just the endless accusations and denials about whether Gardner supports personhood. The record is clear, of course. He has in the past supported several personhood measures in Colorado and although he continues to deny it is a personhood bill, he is a co-sponsor of the bill in Washington known as H.R.1091 – Life at Conception Act.
Polls have, in recent weeks, shown Gardner leading by as much as 7 points (avg. today is 3.2) and pro-choice voters are bracing for disappointment. It’s depressing to think a man so opposed to the rights of half the US population might actually win this race.
An aside worth repeating to personhood proponents, from Pied Type, October 29, 2012:
Supreme Court rejects OK personhood appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by abortion opponents to get a “personhood” amendment on the Oklahoma ballot. Therefore the April ruling of the Oklahoma Supreme Court stands: The proposed amendment is “clearly unconstitutional.” The amendment would have defined a “person” as “any human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being to natural death.”
The candidates themselves made this a single-issue race. And Colorado voters have twice rejected personhood measures on state ballots. Personhood is a religious concept, a thinly veiled attack on women’s right to reproductive choice, and Gardner is a walking, talking, prevaricating personhood advocate. Voters should once again reject personhood by rejecting Cory Gardner.