Denver – After Rick Perry’s Presidential campaign released a TV ad in Iowa attacking gay and lesbian soldiers, Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio released the following statement.
“In thirty seconds, Rick Perry’s latest campaign ad highlights what’s wrong in politics today. Instead of offering constructive solutions to the real world problems that our country is facing, he has chosen the well worn path of division and bigotry.
“Many things make this country great, not the least of them is our diversity. Brave men and women from all walks of life, from every race and religion and from every sexual orientation have fought and died for the basic freedoms that make this country great. Including the right of free speech that Governor Perry is exercising today. Sadly Governor Perry is choosing to exercise that right in way that spreads hate and pits Americans against one another.
“As a Christian and a gay man, I find this ad to be deeply offensive and I call on Governor Perry to remove this ad from the airways. I also call on Congressman Coffman, who chairs Rick Perry’s Colorado campaign, to denounce both the tactics and the content of this video. If Congressman Coffman refuses to do so, he owes the people of Colorado an explanation why such bigotry should stay on the air.”