Letter: There’s no such thing as a “moderate” Republican politician

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In better times, there was such a thing as a “moderate” Republican politician, who would work across the aisle with colleagues to solve problems. No longer! Joe O’Dea, candidate for Senate, is trying to sell himself as “moderate.” But when you can actually discern what his position is, it’s clear that if O’Dea ever made it to the Senate, he would be lockstep with Mitch McConnell. He would be just like Cory Gardner, who voted with Trump and the Republicans on almost every single issue.

Let’s take abortion rights. O’Dea admits he would have voted against Colorado’s recently passed Reproductive Health Equity Act, which protects the right to an abortion and contraception. He says he would have confirmed Trump’s three Supreme Court appointees who were responsible for the fall of Roe v Wade. O’Dea says he will vote for Trump in 2024. These stances are in complete alignment with Mitch McConnell’s agenda – and we could expect O’Dea to vote exactly as Mitch tells him to.

Senator Michael Bennet, however, is firmly pro-choice. He voted for the Child Tax Credit, the infrastructure law and the recently passed gun safety law. The Inflation Reduction Act that just passed includes Bennet’s 15% tax for big corporations that don’t pay their fair share.That’s why I’m supporting Senator Mike Bennet to keep government out of women’s healthcare, and I hope you do too.

Robin Kupernik, Arvada

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