We'll play along this morning with Senate President Brandon Shaffer's BS, where he claims he hasn't decided he's running for Congress yet, despite the fact that he has told his Washington-master and Nancy Pelosi's deputy, Steny Hoyer, that he's already committed to the race. We'll put that aside for the moment because it doesn't matter on the issue of the day — TABOR. The legal assault on the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) is a state issue and one in which Shaffer needs to take a position, and action, as part of his current job.
He can't claim he's going on a family vacation in mid-June and will mull over his position on TABOR. He needs to act now. House and Senate Republicans have sent Shaffer a letter requesting he use his power as Chair of the Executive Committee of Legislative Council to call a meeting of the Executive Committee. Shaffer needs to a) call a meeting and allow discussion of what role the General Assembly can play in literally defending the Colorado Constitution OR b) reject the calling of a meeting and explain why.
Often times the phrase "defend the Constitution" is tossed around as political rhetoric when it doesn't really describe the issue at hand. But in this case, that is exactly what the General Assembly would be doing. Even if Shaffer wasn't seeking a promotion from Colorado voters, as the leader of the Senate, Shaffer has a responsibility to take decisive action on the TABOR lawsuit.
The lawsuit against TABOR strikes at the very heart of the Colorado Constitution and the interaction citizens have with Colorado's government. The suit, if it were to succeed, would fundamentally reshape the role the General Assembly has in lawmaking and its relationship to the citizens of the state. The fact that it has such an all encompassing impact on the General Assembly makes it clear the General Assembly must debate and discuss the issue in the light of day.
We wonder if the lawsuit was filed after the legislative session ended with liberals hoping they'd be able to keep their political brethren currently serving in the Capitol from having to take a public position or stance. That is not acceptable.
What kind of legislative branch does Brandon Shaffer want to preside over in the upper chamber? He owes it to the people of Colorado to allow that discussion at the Executive Committee. We're all ears Brandon. What say you?