Senate candidate gets 30,000 petition signatures

U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton today will turn in nearly 30,000 signatures on her petition for a spot on the Republican primary ballot taking on Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck.

That’s almost triple the number of signatures Norton needs — 10,500 signatures, 1,500 from each from the state’s seven congressional districts — to win a spot on the ballot.

“Our folks have been hustling hard” to collect the signatures, Norton said Tuesday. “I think people are very concerned about the direction the nation is headed and they want choices.”

The job of collecting signatures is made all the easier because people are familiar with her name, Norton said.

She welcomed the president’s decision to call up 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico and pledge to use $500 million on enhanced technology at the border and information sharing to target illicit networks trafficking in people, drugs, illegal weapons and money.

“I was surprised because the president has heretofore said he wanted to sue Arizona, which I thought was remarkable,” Norton said.

“It’s about time,” Norton said.

President Barack Obama’s action appeared to be “in direct response to the frustration demonstrated by Arizona,” she said.

Arizona’s new law allows local law enforcement to inquire about the legal status of individuals who come into “lawful contact” with law enforcement.

Norton also called for continued efforts to develop domestic energy sources “with an all-of-the-above approach,” including drilling for natural gas on the Roan Plateau.

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico demands full investigation, and British Petroleum must bear the costs of the cleanup, Norton said.

Thousands of offshore wells operate in the gulf, and steps should be taken to ensure the spill is not repeated, Norton said.

Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, has begun meeting with senators, but Norton said she wouldn’t vote for Kagan because of her “blatant disregard for the U.S. military.”

She also plans to attend the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series banquet on Friday and throw out the first pitch in the Sunday night game.

“It’s not Memorial Day,” Norton said, “if you’re not at JUCO.”


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