Fight Back Colorado, a group devoted to defeating lawmakers in November's election who voted against a bill to legalize civil unions, is soliciting input on exactly which lawmakers to target. The campaign has launched a survey called Send 'Em Packin' that asks supporters to pick their three least favorite lawmakers from a field of sixteen by clicking on their headshots and dragging them into virtual suitcases. Not surprisingly, all sixteen are Republican.
"We wanted it to be interactive and we wanted it to be fun, but the bottom line is that we want people's input and feedback," says Roger Sherman, Fight Back Colorado's treasurer. "We've said all along that there are a lot of folks across the state that are angry (because the civil unions bill died.) We're trying to harness that energy and harness that anger and...make it fun for people to participate."
The sixteen potential targets include House Speaker Frank McNulty, who was the subject of vitriolic Tweets after civil unions died during a May special legislative session. Several lawmakers earned a spot on the list by voting "no" on the bill, while others landed there because they flip-flopped, according to descriptions provided by Fight Back Colorado. Representative Don Coram is a possible target because he "voted 'no' on civil unions in the 'kill committee' despite having a gay child," Fight Back Colorado explains on its website.
Sherman says the group isn't sure yet how many legislators it will end up targeting, and he's not revealing any particulars about its strategy. In addition to the survey, he says Fight Back Colorado is doing its own research. "We'll take into consideration the input we get and we'll line that up with the other analysis we're doing on each race to see where we can be most effective," he says. "We'll be real targeted and strategic."
Sherman expects Fight Back Colorado to name names "in the coming weeks."
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