Dear Editor:

If you have heard any radio ads for J. Paul Brown, you know that he accuses his opponent, Mike McLachlan, of distorting his record in the House. He asks that you look at his record and decide for yourself. Fair enough. Let’s look at some of the bills that J. Paul voted against.

He voted against a bill to extend the repeal date for the Teen Pregnancy and Dropout Prevention Program in the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. Apparently, he doesn’t feel that teen pregnancy and school dropouts are worth preventing.

He voted against a bill that requires all health plans to cover evaluation of children suspected of having Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). FASD constitute a variety of permanent birth defects resulting from a pregnant mother consuming alcohol. Perhaps, Mr. Brown feels that since this was the mother’s fault, her ailing baby shouldn’t have the benefit of treatment — too expensive for the insurance companies.

He voted against a bill to require all insurance carriers selling individual health insurance policies to provide child-only health insurance plans up to age 19 without regard to preexisting conditions. Again, we need to protect the multi-billion dollar profits of the insurance industry and to heck with the kids.

He voted against a bill to require all child care workers to have a fingerprint-based criminal history background check through the FBI and Colorado Bureau of Investigation. I guess he doesn’t want to protect our children from predators.

He voted against a bill to reduce youth homelessness, bringing Colorado statutes into compliance with Federal law. Wow. Against protecting homeless youth?

He voted against a bill to allow a new income tax checkoff to collect donations for the Public Education Fund, which was created by the legislation. Seems to be a pattern of anti-youth votes here.

In all of these votes, Mr. Brown joined a small minority of House members opposed to the legislation. On two of the bills, youth homelessness and background checks for child care workers, Mr. Brown was the only no vote. Apparently, he saw something sinister in these bills that even his most conservative Republican colleagues overlooked. Mr. Brown says that his voting record represents the values of the 59th District. I think his record represents an extreme right wing partisan philosophy that does not represent the vision of his constituents. I urge you to vote for Mike McLachlan.

I want to close by shifting gears a bit. Romney calls his dad, George Romney, his inspiration. George Romney was a moderate Republican governor and presidential candidate. In today’s Tea Party driven Republican Party he would have no chance of being nominated for anything. I would suggest that the same goes for Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and probably even George W. Bush. They were all too willing to compromise to assist the American people. Reason, not ideology.

John Porco

This story was posted on October 17, 2012.