Here’s something you don’t see every day:
Yes, that’s Mike Fallon, MD*, campaiging today at the Denver Pride Fest. Yes. A straight Republican at the Pride Fest. Word has it DeGette was somewhere around, but I didn’t see her anywhere; and Jared had his own booth (likely, I surmised, he actually owns that section of the actual street). I and a few of my friends walked with Mike and a top campaign worker of his around Civic Center for about two hours and stopped to hand out information and Mike answered questions and spoke to anybody who was around.
I was hopeful about his campaign until I spent this extended time with him one-on-one. Now, I’m electric about it. From our talk (as we dodged dudes in thongs and shouldn’t-be-but-were-topless old out-of-shape gals), here’s some stuff straight (as it were) from the horse’s mouth:
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Mike’s take is that he believes the policy should be repealed, and only cautions that the implementation of allowing openly gay members to serve in the Armed Forces be done in a manner that respects the views of the military commanders. Which is to say, he shares the view of the Chairman and the SecDef in that he supports repeal, and wants to leave the actual specifics to the commanders, as he puts it, to protect those who come out as well as unit cohesion.
Gay Marriage: Mike went to great lengths several times today to emphasize that “I believe all people should have the same Constitutional rights.” As he says, “call it whatever you want”, but that we all should have the same “visitation rights” (as in when we’re in the hospital), and we “everybody should be able to leave their inheritance to whomever they want”, etc.
More important, though, Mike agreed with my summation that, if you’re looking for a crusader to go to Washington and “fight” for “gay” “rights”, Mike’s not your guy. Likewise, however, if you’re looking for a crusader to go to Washington and “fight” against “gay” “rights”, he’s also not your guy. As he said time and again today to anybody who’d listen, Mike’s driving message is to get the government out of our lives. In fact, his first and foremost goal when he’s elected (as I stated before) is to repeal the SoHCA2010 and replace it with free-market solutions to our health care concerns. Mike is a small-businessman himself, and an MD to boot. Clearly, he’s more qualified than the incumbent to see the correct path when it comes to this issue.
We were hoping to run into her today, but as elusive as she’s been so far, we still weren’t able to find her. Would have made for a great post, but hopefully you’ll be satisfied with another pic of him yucking it up with a fellow Pride-goer:
Mike is the real deal. He’s genuine, a non-politician (he’s never been active before; this is a TRULY grass-roots effort), engaging, and has the absolute right view of where the government needs to go. He’s a small-L libertarian who wants to restore sanity to our National government. I urge you to help by contributing to his campaign, and if you live in Denver (or have family and/or friends who do) to volunteer for his campaign. (Who knows, you might even run into me working the phones for him!)
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)
*By the way, I’d earlier referred to Mike as an “emergency room surgeon”. He’s an emergency room physician. For types like him, that makes a big difference, but for me, he’s nonetheless ultimately much more qualified than Diana DeGette to make judgments about a government take-over of the health care industry.