Well, it’s officially campaign season. Politicians are selling their sell-out votes as a sign of tough character. None may be more entertaining as State Representative Dan Thurlow, who wants to become a state senator, selling his anti-gun vote as a “thoughtful process.”
In his latest campaign email he claimed his thoughtful process on guns lead him to vote to strip people of their Second Amendment right without due process. The so-called “Red Flag” bill had no protection for people whose firearms are wrongly taken to get them back, or to challenge someone’s false allegation. Thank goodness Senate Republicans, including Ray Scott, Thurlow’s primary opponent, stopped the flawed Red Flag bill.
But it fits in with Thurlow’s world view. He voted to raise your taxes some millions of dollars a year without the due process of letting you vote on it, you know, like our Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights requires.
If you’re happy that President Trump and the Republican Congress voted to give you a tax cut, you need to know that State Representatives Dan Thurlow, Polly Lawrence and Senator Owen Hill worked with 100% of the Colorado Democrats to take it all away.
Sadly, Democrats in the state legislature concocted a scheme, called the Hospital Provider Fee, to raise your taxes nearly $600 million a year and put you in debt by $2 billion without asking your permission. And Dan Thurlow proudly betrayed conservative values and voted for this law. Not only does this more than wipe out your Trump tax cut, it provides a roadmap for future tax-grabbers like Thurlow to sneak around your consent before raising taxes by calling a massive tax hike a “fee.”
Now that unaffiliated voters can vote in the Republican primary, Thurlow’s blast email makes perfect sense. His hope of victory depends on tempting unaffiliated voters who like stripping gun owners and taxpayers of their due process to vote in his Republican primary.
It will be interesting to see what the “thought process” of primary voters will be.