September 15, 2004


Salazar aims to clarify his support for John Kerry (GARY HARMON, 9/15/04, The Daily Sentinel)

There should be no doubt — John Salazar, the Democrat from Manassa, supports John Kerry, the Democrat from Massachusetts, a Salazar spokesman said.

Salazar’s Republican opponent, Greg Walcher of Palisade, said Tuesday that it seemed Salazar had backed away from Kerry.

The Salazar camp said Walcher was taking a cheap, partisan shot.

Walcher based his comment on Salazar’s refusal to outright endorse Kerry during a Monday night debate in Snowmass.

When questioned about where he stood on “that man” — Kerry — Salazar gave a hazy response. “First of all, I didn’t say I was supporting him. Second of all, you know, for you to tell me that I am, well, I guess you are reading my mind,” Salazar said, according to a Walcher press release and audio recording of the debate supplied by the Walcher campaign.

Reeves Brown, executive director of the nonpartisan Club 20 and moderator of the debate on behalf of the Colorado Rural Electric Association, said Salazar clearly was in a difficult position, trapped between party loyalty and the generally conservative political realities of the congressional district.

“I just kind of winced” at Salazar’s response, Brown said.

Sadly, we can all probably agree that it is a cheap shot to accuse even a Democrat of supporting John Kerry.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 15, 2004 8:32 PM

Every Democrat running for office this year should be asked (repeatedly) if he/she is voting for John Kerry. And if so, why?

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 15, 2004 9:17 PM

Can they vote for him before they vote against him though?

Posted by: John Resnick at September 15, 2004 9:36 PM


I don't think the qusstion is whether "it is a cheap shot to accuse even a Democrat of supporting John Kerry," but whether it is a cheap shot to accuse even a Democrat of supporting "that man."

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at September 16, 2004 5:22 AM

"That man" is short for "that man in the White House", the traditional (since at least FDR) way haters refer to the current president without having to name him.

Posted by: David Cohen at September 16, 2004 9:24 AM