Claims about Haggard not likely to influence Colorado vote, analysts say
By Tom Kenworthy, USA TODAY
DENVER — The explosive allegations that a prominent evangelical pastor paid for sex with a gay prostitute come just days before Colorado voters will decide on two ballot questions banning gay marriage and guaranteeing legal rights for domestic partners.
Some political analysts question whether the brewing scandal that led Colorado Springs pastor Ted Haggard to resign as president of the National Association of Evangelicals, which claims 30 million members, will have much impact Tuesday on the two ballot measures.
Haggard is an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage.
"Maybe if it had happened a month ago there would have been time" to affect the election, said Katy Atkinson, a Republican political consultant in Denver. "People have pretty much made up their minds on this issue." view full article