November 7, 2006
The Haggard Factor
Eric Gorski is reporting on the Haggard factor in Colorado:
Haggard's accuser, Michael Forest Jones of Denver, was upfront about his hope that his bombshell less than a week before Election Day would influence the results of two measures: Amendment 43, which would enshrine marriage in the state constitution as only between one man and one woman, and Referendum I, which would extend some domestic partnership benefits to same-sex couples.
Bob Loevy, a political scientist at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, told the Denver Post, "The timing of this thing and the accuser's frankness about the fact he was thinking about the election, that could very well produce a reaction from the religious conservatives who will see this as something of an attack on them," Loevy said. "It could very well encourage them - if they were previously disheartened - to turn out."