How Klingenschmitt Decided to Run for the Senate

Our old friend Gordon Klingenschmitt has only been in the Colorado House of Representatives for about three months now, but he’s already decided to run for the state senate in the next election. The Colorado Independent asked him how he made the decision to run for a higher office:

The Colorado Independent: So you announced last night that you’re going to run for Senate President Cadman’s seat when he term-limits out. I’d love to hear how you came to that decision. What was your process of reflection? What made you decide that this is the right next step?

Thank you. Making the decision to run for any office is a sacrifice and a commitment, and I wanted to make sure I was doing it for the right reasons. I had to self examine. I went on a three-day, water-only fast, day and night for 72 hours, and I prayed. As a chaplain, I try to pray before making any important decision in my life because ultimately I want to do what God wants me to do with my life.

At the end of that time, I was reading in the Bible in Joshua, chapter one, where God blessed Joshua and told him, ‘Everywhere you set your foot you will claim as your territory.’ He was talking about ancient Israel. I was inspired by that.

It reminded me of many of the volunteers who knocked on doors for me in my previous campaign and maybe in my future campaign. Everywhere they set their foot, every time they knocked on a door, whether for me or another candidate, those citizens are taking back their territory. They are making a political claim, and almost a spiritual claim, on how they’re going to be represented in the Capitol here. When I read that part of the Bible, it helped me make up my mind that I want to run to be the state senator from Senate District 12.

This is the Christian equivalent of asking a Magic 8-Ball.

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  • D. C. Sessions

    This is the Christian equivalent of asking a Magic 8-Ball.

    Except that all of the answers are “thy will be done.”

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    You know, normal people don’t use Joshua as their “go to” book in the bible.

  • edmundog

    No, a Magic 8 Ball will occasionally disagree with you.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    That sort of reminds me of Sam Kinison’s old skit about god telling Pat Robertson to run for office.

    “Aaahahahahahahaa! I was BORED so I told PAT ROBERTSON to run for office!!! aAAAAAHAHAHAHAHH!!! And tonight, I’m going to wake him up at 4am and have him check the tire pressure on his CAR!!!!! Hey, Pat? It’s THE LORD. I want you to go out and check your tire pressure, OK? AAAHAHAHAHAH!!”

  • StevoR

    How Klingenschmitt Decided to Run for the Senate

    He noticed that the POTUS republican nomination Klown kar was already too full and realised he’d have to settle for less? (Also Klown kar seems to be going off cliff?)

    Also since when has that klown believed in democracy and not say coups -wasn’t he calling for violent overthrow of Obama earlier or am I as per usual confused?

  • moarscienceplz

    I went on a three-day, water-only fast, day and night for 72 hours, and I prayed.

    I, for one, have great confidence in anyone who intentionally makes himself hypoglycemic just before making important decisions.

  • Childermass

    “No, a Magic 8 Ball will occasionally disagree with you.”

    Buy a custom order magic 8 ball and it will say whatever you want it to.

  • amenhotepstein

    Aaaaand the same morons who voted him into the House will vote him into the Senate as well. What an embarrassment for Colorado!

    What do you do as a politician when you realize that a significant fraction of your constituents are batshit crazy?

  • busterggi

    If he was really inspired by Jonah shouldn’t he have jumped off a boat in the middle of the ocean to have Yahweh send a fish to swallow him first?

  • Trebuchet

    “Higher office”? In Colorado, where weed is legal? The jokes practically write themselves!

  • grumpyoldfart

    72 hour fast my arse. I’ll bet he didn’t miss a single meal or snack during the whole period. He’s just telling his American public the things he thinks they want to hear.

  • Chiroptera

    Making the decision to run for any office is a sacrifice and a commitment….

    Yeah, I guess if you have to include a 72 hour fast, then the process of deciding does become a sacrifice and involves quite the commitment!

  • pixiedust

    So he dodged the question. Typical pol.

  • david

    Let’s hope he doesn’t take inspiration for his campaign from Psalm 137. “Blessed is he who will seize your infants and will dash the rocks!”