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J. Paul Brown’s opponents decry his speech at Pence rally

Colorado House District 59 Rep. J. Paul Brown, R-Ignacio, came under fire for standing by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and giving an introductory speech at Wednesday’s rally for Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence.
The state official, named a “leadership” supporter by the Trump campaign, has been condemned for supporting the Trump/Pence ticket.
On Wednesday, Brown gave a brief but rousing speech denouncing Democratic nominee Sen. Hillary Clinton and proclaiming that the Republican ticket stands for “freedom, liberty, the rule of law and respecting the Constitution.”
“Donald Trump and Mike Pence will bring us back!” he said.
By taking a public stand for Trump and Pence, Brown invited the ire of several groups, including liberal advocacy organization ProgressNow Colorado.
“It’s no surprise that J. Paul Brown is choosing to go down with the SS Trump-Pence, after Brown repeatedly supported Pence’s agenda of trying to ban abortion and legalize discrimination in the Colorado House,” Executive Director Ian Silverii said. “By publicly aligning himself with Trump’s campaign of lies and hate, and espousing his own Trumpian conspiracy theories like denying climate change, Brown is hanging on very tightly to a sinking ship.”
More flak came from NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, a leader in the pro-choice movement.
“Pence’s actions couldn’t be further from the pro-choice, pro-reproductive justice, pro-equality values of Coloradoans. J. Paul Brown, who has his own terrible anti-choice voting record, is out of step with Colorado voters,” Executive Director Karen Middleton said. “His backing of the Trump-Pence ticket is an insult to the women of Southwest Colorado and anyone who believes in the right to individual liberty and the right to keep government out of our personal decisions.”
The legislator said the criticism comes from Democrats, not Republicans in his district. Brown said he admires Pence and believes the Indiana governor is critical to advancing the Trump ticket.
“I think that he will really help the Trump-Pence ticket, and I still believe that the ticket will appoint Supreme Court justices that won’t legislate from the bench, which many liberal judges do. I think that is probably the most important issue facing the country right now,” Brown said.
“I’ve said it before: I don’t condone anything Mr. Trump said 11 years ago,” Brown continued, referring to a 2005 tape in which Trump is caught saying celebrity status allows him to grab and kiss women. “A lot of times, you have to choose between the best of two evils, you might say. Mr. Trump won the nomination. I didn’t support him in that, but he won fair and square, and I’m not going to vote for Hillary Clinton, who I feel has really let the country down. I would ask the same question of Democrats: how can they continue to support Hillary?”
jpace@durangoherald.com

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