Conservative Group: Hick Promoting “Divisive Social Agenda Over Job Creation”

May 12, 2012

Hickenlooper's decision to reconvene the legislature will cost taxpayers $25,000 per day

DENVER – Just days after unveiling 28 hard-hitting billboards targeting President Barack Obama across the state, a leading conservative group is now weighing in on John Hickenlooper’s decision to convene a special session of legislature to approve same-sex union legislation that died when the General Assembly adjourned last week.

Compass Colorado, a limited government advocacy group, began an auto-dial campaign questioning the governor’s decision to call the legislature back into session to debate such a controversial wedge issue when voters are far more concerned about economic issues.

The auto dials, which went out to voters across the state today, slam Hickenlooper and nearly two dozen legislators for “promoting [a] divisive social agenda over job creation,” and remind voters that the governor’s decision to take the extraordinary step of convening a special session is “costing hardworking taxpayers nearly $25,000 day – money that could be spent promoting economic recovery.”

The call ends by asking, “Why aren’t Governor Hickenlooper and his fellow Democrats calling for a special session on these important economic issues?”

“It’s a question of priorities,” said the group’s president T.Q. Houlton. “The top priority for Colorado families is jobs and economic recovery.  Unfortunately for hardworking Colorado taxpayers, the top priority for the Governor seems to be promoting a deeply divisive agenda at a cost of $25,000 a day.”

When asked if the auto dials would be accompanied by additional outreach and voter education efforts, Houlton declined to discuss specifics.

“This is just the first stage,” said Houlton.  “That’s all I’m going to say.”

Hickenlooper’s office could not be reached for comment.

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