If Colorado had one state legislator who, perhaps, shouldn’t get 100% from a women’s advocacy organization, it is Rep. Joe Salazar. But, the Women’s Lobby of Colorado has thrown caution to the wind in the name of liberal ideology and done just that on its 2013 legislative scorecard. Salazar’s honor speaks less to his advocacy of women’s issues and reveals more about the liberal backers of the Women’s Lobby of Colorado.
The organization is a membership-organization, and some of its most notable members include Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, and Denver Area Labor Federation (essentially AFL-CIO).
In case you missed it, Salazar has proven himself to not only have “foot in mouth” disease, but also a strident opponent to women’s safety issues. During the contentious gun debates last session, Salazar indicated that women might not know when they’re about to be raped.
“It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop a round at somebody.”
This point was disproven by rape victim after rape victim who testified to the contrary during the hearings. Importantly, the Women’s Lobby of Colorado did provide insight into how they selected their “winners”. Some of the “priority legislation” that the honorees must have voted for included a bill on sex ed, a bill on alimony, and others.
Surely there are more fit recipients for a 100% scorecard rating that Democratic Rep. Joe Salazar. Unless, that is, the Women’s Lobby of Colorado is simply trying to provide cover for Salazar’s frequent and publicly-embarrassing missteps.