Planned Parenthood backs Libertarian over Democrat in House race
Although the Democratic candidate for the Colorado House does support Planned Parenthood, the group didn’t support him Monday when it came to issuing its endorsements for this year’s races.
Instead, the group endorsed Virgil Fenn, a Libertarian Party candidate who’s challenging Rep. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, and Democrat Dan Robinson for House District 55.
Of the 58 legislative candidates the group did endorse, Fenn was the only non-Democrat.
No Republican responded to the group’s survey, and therefore none received an endorsement, said Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, a group that says its mission is to promote pro-choice and pro-family planning policies.
“These candidates are strong supporters and advocates of pro-choice, pro-women and pro-family policies,” Cowart said of the people who did receive endorsements. “These champions will work to ensure that reproductive health care is seen and treated as a fundamental human right. We are disappointed that no Republican candidate returned our survey. Access to reproductive health care should not be a partisan issue.”
The group said Robinson was one of 17 Democratic candidates running for House and Senate seats who also didn’t respond to its survey.
Robinson said he did return that survey, but added that it didn’t matter to him that he doesn’t have the group’s endorsement.
The Grand Junction attorney said he did win the endorsement of National Abortion Rights Action League.
Robinson plans to hold a press conference today about a plan to allow seniors who move out of their homes to continue to qualify for the state’s homestead exemption on their property taxes.
That press conference is to be held at 11 a.m. at 504 Main St.