Andy Kerr's Campaign Rhetoric, Voting Record at Odds

Despite numerous pledges on the campaign trail to end partisanship and politics-as-usual, Colorado state representative Andy Kerr voted with his party 100 percent of the time on Democratic legislation that was brought to the floor for a final vote. Kerr is currently vying for a seat in the Colorado state Senate.

On the front page of his campaign website, Kerr states that voters, ” are tired of partisan games and want legislators who will get to work and do their jobs.”

“For years, I have proven that I put the interests of Colorado first, put politics aside, and let our shared values move good policy forward,” Kerr writes on his campaign site.

But an analysis of final floor votes on legislation that was sponsored exclusively by either Republicans or Democrats shows that Kerr’s voting record is anything but bipartisan. During the last legislative session, Democrats in the General Assembly sought floor votes on 54 bills with a bipartisan list of sponsors and on 29 bills that were sponsored exclusively by Democrats.

Kerr voted in favor of each of the 29 bills that were brought to the floor by Democrats and sponsored exclusively by Democrats, for a perfect partisan voting record of 100 percent. On the remaining 54 bills bought to the floor for a vote by his Democratic colleagues, Kerr scored 100 percent once again, voting with his party on each of the 54 votes

Kerr’s voting record on Republican-backed legislation was not much different. Of the 32 bills that were brought to the floor by Republican leadership and sponsored exclusively by Republicans, Kerr voted against nearly 70 percent of them – siding with the Republican-backed legislation only 10 times

Many of the 32 GOP-backed bills passed by huge margins with significant bipartisan support. In one example, Kerr sided with the Democratic leadership and voted against a popular bill concerning pupil enrollment, this despite 35% of Kerr’s Democratic colleagues voting in favor of the measure. The legislation easily passed on a bi-partisan 40-21 vote, with eleven Democrats crossing the aisle.

According to Project Votesmart, Kerr voted with his party almost 90 percent of the time on what Votesmart dubbed “key votes” of the 2012 legislative session. During the 2011 session, Project Votesmart data show that Kerr voted with his party’s leadership every single time

Vote ratings issued by outside groups also suggest that Kerr’s bipartisan record is more fiction than fact. For example, Kerr received 100 percent ratings in 2007 and 2008 from NARAL, one of the nation’s largest pro-abortion advocates that almost exclusively supports Democratic candidates. Kerr has also received “A” ratings from liberal groups such as Equal Rights Colorado, the ACLU, and the AFL-CIO

Conversely, Kerr receives universally poor marks from organizations that regularly support Republicans. The National Rifle Association, for example, twiceawarded Kerr with a grade of “F-“ for his failure to protect Second Amendment rights in Colorado. Colorado Union of Taxpayers, a conservative fiscal watchdog, gave Kerr failing marks in each of the last seven years

Kerr’s Senate campaign has raised a total of $137,000 thus far and currently reports $70,000 cash-on-hand.


This story was originally featured at Media Trackers Colorado