Klingenschmitt loses committee post, suspends ministry for six weeks – The Denver Post
Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt sits at his desk during the opening of the Colorado legislature at the State Capitol in Denver, Jan. 7, 2015.
(Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post)The leader of the House Republicans on Monday stripped Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt from one of his two committee posts, saying the lawmaker’s “curse of God” comments about a woman whose fetus was ripped from her womb were in “poor taste” and “insensitive.”Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso said he removed Klingenschmitt from the Health, Insurance and Environment Committee because he believed “there needed to be some kind of disciplinary action.””This is one of the few tools I have in my toolbox, and this seemed like the appropriate course of action,” said DelGrosso, a Loveland Republican.Klingenschmitt, a Colorado Springs Republican, said he believes taking him off the committee was unfair, but on Monday he announced he was suspending his “television preaching ministry” for six weeks, saying it has “overshadowed” his job as a state lawmaker.”I will not quit either job. But for now I am 100 percent devoted to representing the voters of House District 15,” the lawmaker said.A group called Right Wing Watch regularly posts Klingenschmitt’s comments from his daily video program “Pray in Jesus Name.” The left regularly pounces on his remarks, but Republicans were aghast at his comments last week when he referenced the attack on 26-year-old Michelle Wilkins of Longmont. She survived but her 34-week-old baby girl did not.”This is the curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb, and part of that curse for our rebellion against God as a nation is that our pregnant women are ripped open,” Klingenschmitt said. Fellow Republicans distanced themselves from his comments, and Democrat Gina Knaack, who lives in Klingenschmitt’s district, sought information from the secretary of state about how to do a recall, although she is unsure if she will proceed. On his show Monday, Klingenschmitt dissected the news stories about his comments, then said he wanted to apologize for “my words last week.””I was so angry I forgot to be … – Click Here To Visit Article Source