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Publish Date: 10/13/2006

Gubernatorial hopefuls cry treason, urge write-ins


LONGMONT — The American Constitution Party’s candidate for governor complains that “the overriding issue in this election” should be traitorous efforts to erase the United States’ borders with its neighbors.

Clyde Harkins warned Thursday night that Coloradans should be aware of certain U.S. government officials’ plans for “the proposed merger with the criminal country, drug-controlled, of Mexico, and the total 100 percent property of the crown called Canada.”

“Where is the outcry?” Harkins asked. “It’s the greatest act of treason, and there have been many, in the history of this country.”

Harkins was one of several gubernatorial candidates and candidates’ representatives courting votes at the Daily Times-Call’s election forum.

Another, Paul Fiorino, emphasized that he’s unaffiliated with any party in his bid to be Colorado’s next governor.

He said he and his running mate, Heather McKibben, “do not have parties telling us what to do and how to do it,” a situation he said puts them in the best position of being able to represent all Coloradans.

While Harkins and Fiorino’s names both are on the ballot, Charles W. Sylvester Jr. urged Coloradans to write his name in when they’re casting votes for governor.

“My campaign is running on a platform of ‘You the People,’” said Sylvester, a retired LaSalle-area farmer. “After all, as your governor, I’d be working for you.”

Among voters’ other options in the governor’s contest are Libertarian Dawn Winkler-Kinateder and write-in candidates Gary Cooper and Darla Herold, none of whom participated in Thursday night’s forum.

The two major-party gubernatorial candidates, Republican Bob Beauprez and Democrat Bill Ritter, sent representatives to speak on their behalf.

Bill Swenson, a former Longmont mayor and councilman who served eight years as a state lawmaker and now is a state transportation commissioner, said fellow Republican Beauprez is a third-generation Coloradan who “knows the state, and he loves the state.”

A former dairy farmer, real estate developer and banker, Beauprez is completing his second two-year term in Congress, Swenson noted.

“He is experienced in government,” Swenson said, “and we certainly need that” in the governor’s office.

Barbara O’Brien, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, pitched the Ritter-O’Brien campaign platform and defended Ritter’s record as a Denver district attorney.

Beauprez and Republicans have attacked Ritter for plea bargains that resulted in lesser criminal penalties for many defendants. Noting those attacks, O’Brien said: “Let me just say that Bill Ritter has put 12,000 people in jail. I don’t think Congressman Beauprez has put a single person behind bars.”

John Fryar can be reached by e-mail at jfryar@times-call.com.

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