I called Daniel Cole [El Paso County Republican party executive director], and he said he couldnt sign, but would ask Jeff Hays [county GOP chairman]. I told Daniel I would re-write the message, using words he liked, no trigger words, no specific LGBT mention. They turned down the invitation.Here's what One Colorado had to say about the situation:
John Suthers was called directly, and his office was emailed the benign wording. The invitation was declined, I guess...we never heard back from him or his office.
So...One Colorado spruced of the message for the ad and was more specific toward LGBT. Blog away...they used their own rope on this one...
Thanks to your support, we were able to come together with pro-equality community and faith leaders to respond to a mean-spirited ad placed in the Gazette by a Colorado Springs pastor. His ad called on people to be unwelcoming of their LGBT neighbors.
We didn't stand for this attack on LGBT Coloradans and their families, and because of you, we were able to send a strong message against discrimination in Colorado Springs.
The work we do puts us on the right side of history. Thank you for being there with us.
Southern Colorado Organizer