Michael Merrifield for Colorado

Merrifield Anti-Gun Group Jumps Into Self-Defense Debate

As embattled Rep. Joe Salazar's offensive comments implying that college-aged women are not competent enough to be entrusted with the right to defend themselves with a firearm are gaining national attention, Democratic Senate Candidate Michael Merrifield's employer has chimed in to make clear they do not value the right to self-defense either. This was posted to Mayors Against Illegal Guns' Facebook page last night. The timing of the post makes it clear it is in response to the controversy surrounding Salazar:

MAIG seems to be believe that no-one has the right to defend themselves from violent attackers, as opposed to Salazar who is mainly concerned with depriving young women of that right. Whether that is a more or less offensive position, we will leave to the reader.

Despite serving as state coordinator for MAIG and being a candidate for State Senate, Michael Merrifield has attempted to stay hidden throughout the debate over gun control. How much longer can Merrifield remain silent on his disdain for the 2nd Amendment and opposition to self-defense?


Michael Merrifield on Education

Michael Merrifield, candidate for Colorado Senate District 11, holds strong views on the topic of education reform. In 2007, he was forced to step down as head of the House Education Committee after inflammatory emails he authored were leaked to the press in which he declared that there is a "special place in hell" for opponents of the failing status quo in our education system. [1]

Michael Merrifield's political campaigns have been funded in large part by money from teacher unions. This explains in part his hateful statements towards supporters of charter schools, home schooling, and education reform as well as his long record of obstructing progress in the education system. One Republican Senator even received threats from an unbalanced union supporter provoked by Michael Merrifield's reckless and dangerous rhetoric. [2]

Merrifield has also demonstrated highly questionable positions in regards to classroom material. He has stated that "machines can replace the left-brained functions emphasized in math and science courses" and advocated for less of a focus on math and science and replacing these courses with "music , dance, [and] theater." [3] His priorities in education seem to have little to do with preparing students to find jobs or be successful in life. [4]
[1] Colorado Springs Gazette: Hell 's bells - Inflammatory e-mail sets off alarms, April 3, 2007
[2] 9News: CBI investigates threatening e-mail case, April 10, 2007
[3] Rocky Mountain News: Merrifield raising Hell again, October 26, 2007
[4] Denver Post: Increasing math, science is counterproductive (by Michael Merrifield), October 18, 2007


Michael Merrifield preparing campaign for Colorado State Senate

Magic MikeFormer State Representative and gun control activist Michael Merrifield (D-Manitou Springs) is preparing a campaign to run for State Senate in 2014. Merrifield will be running for Senate District 11, currently occupied by Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) who will be term-limited.

After leaving the State House, Merrifield ran unsuccessfully for El Paso County Commissioner in 2010 receiving only 39.7% of the vote in a two-way race. In 2011 he ran unsuccessfully for Colorado Springs City Council, being defeated by Lisa Czelatdko. Clearly he is holding out hope that the third time's a charm. He has also been serving as Colorado “state coordinator” for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns has been described as an “extremist organization” by University of Denver Adjunct Professor Dave Kopel [1]. They have come under criticism in the past for advocating policies that would in effect eliminate the right to carry concealed firearms and draconian bans on both types of firearms legally available and those who would be allowed to carry them. Notably, Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach and Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan have rejected membership in the organization.

The extent of Merrifield's duties within the group are unclear, though the “state coordinator” program has come under fire in other states following revelations that the gun control activist's salaries were being payed by taxpayer dollars being funneled to them by Democratic administrations. [2]

Merrifield's career in the State House was punctuated by his resignation from the House Education Committee following inflammatory comments he made stating that supporters of charter schools and private schools are bound for a “special place in hell.” [3]

Merrifield does not yet have any announced opponents for the Democratic nomination or Republican opposition in the general election.

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