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Dems apologize for taking suicide remark out of context

Author: Brandon Rittiman, 9News - May 4, 2018 - Updated: May 7, 2018

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Club 20 Don CoramSen. Don Coram (R-Montrose)

A spokesman for the Colorado Democratic Party apologized Friday for launching a misleading attack against Sen. Don Coram about suicide.

State party spokesman Eric Walker had attacked the Montrose Republican for a remark he made earlier in the week during a debate about a bill aimed at preventing youth suicide.

Coram’s comment during a hearing Tuesday sounded abominable in the absence of, you know, context.

“I was just going to say I guess the positive side is, is uh, if we have enough suicides we can save [on the] cost of education,” Coram said.

The context that was missing is: Coram was the sponsor of the suicide prevention bill in question– and he made this quip as an insult to his colleagues who were about to vote to kill that bill.

That didn’t stop folks on the left from weaponizing the audio clip. The liberal blog Colorado Pols posted it under the headline “Stay Classy, Sen. Don Coram (Suicide Saves Money Edition).” It later modified its post.

And Walker then blasted that write-up via email to reporters in an effort to condemn Coram.

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Brandon Rittiman, 9News