A former Navy chaplain who made headlines for being court martialed for praying in Jesus’ name has been elected to the Colorado State House of Representatives.
Former Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, nicknamed “Chaps,” won the seat Tuesday in Colorado House District 15 with more than 70 percent of the vote.
His work will begin in January.
“The Republicans increased their majority in both houses by one seat each. However, there is a Democratic governor. So the challenge will be to send good bills to the governor, even if he threatens to veto them,” Klingenschmitt told WND.
He said his large margin of victory was because of the type of campaign he ran.
“I ran a positive, grassroots, door-to-door campaign. Volunteers went door-to-door, and I had 20 coffee events where I met the people face-to-face. The voters had a chance to meet me in person and find out that I’m a real person who is interested in their issues.
“At the same time, I declined several media interviews. I didn’t want to conduct the campaign through the media. There were some good honest reporters, but most of the campaign was on the personal level,” Klingenschmitt said.
Overall he says the election was about the principles of liberty.
“My supporters were all people who believe in the Constitution, liberty, freedom and small government. That’s what the major national election was about. The people spoke and said they’re for smaller government and more liberty,” Klingenschmitt said.
He believes his election in Colorado was a reflection of the national mood.
“If you look at who won nationwide, the election was a statement against the attacks on religious liberty. It was a stand against the courts on abortion, on gay marriage,” he said.
“Colorado is the state where the bakers are who were forced to bake the cake for the two men from Massachusetts.
He noted Colorado is the state where baker Jack Phillips, owner of Lakewood’s Masterpiece Cake Shop, was ordered by a judge, in violation of his Christian faith, to bake a cake for a homosexual duo and undergo sensitivity training and submit quarterly reports on his bakery activity.
Written by MICHAEL CARL
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