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GOP Candidate Claims Out Colorado Gov. Jared Polis Is ‘Secretly Straight’

GOP Candidate Claims Out Colorado Gov. Jared Polis Is ‘Secretly Straight’

A candidate running in the Republican primary to be governor of Colorado is getting attention and criticism for her outlandish claim that the current Democratic governor of Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis, is hiding a big secret: he’s actually “straight,” to employ her outdated terminology.

According to a report from LGBTQNation, Danielle Neuschwanger also falsely claims that Polis’s marriage to his husband Marlon Reis was “a sham” to “get gay people to vote for him” for Governor.

Neuschwanger made the homophobic comments at a public meet-and-greet in Canon City, Colorado earlier this week. She covered a variety of topics, from the COVID-19 vaccines to government secrets about the Kennedy assassination to gay couples adopting before she turned her attention to Polis, whom she’s already tied to sex offenders, and made more baseless accusations against him.

“You guys want to know something crazy about Polis? He’s not even gay,” Neuschwanger said, in audio captured by an attendee. “I didn’t know any of this until, like, we got involved in politics,” she continued. “So, his real name is Jared Schutz, and he was married to a woman, who he used to abuse the heck out of.”

Neuschwanger went on to allege that when Polis first became involved in politics in the early 2000s, she alleged, he was approached by Democratic strategists who wanted to appeal to gay voters. “Tom Gill was already a well-known gay activist, and so they figured out the way to get the gays in Colorado was to have someone run for governor who is gay,” she said (The Advocate suggests she actually means Tim Gill, the Quark founder and philanthropist). “So right before this happened, they told Jared Polis he had to get divorced. But then he sexually assaulted a female colleague, hence the name change to Jared Polis.” She also claimed that no one thought Polis was gay before he ran for governor.

There is absolutely no evidence to back her claims, which border on slander. Polis has been out for his entire political career, which began with his time at the Colorado Board of Education from 2001 to 2007 and a decade as congressman from 2009 to 2019. Polis is the first out gay man elected governor of any U.S. state and married his longtime partner, Marlon Reis, this year, becoming the first sitting governor in a same-sex marriage — a marriage Neuschwanger called “a sham.” They have a son and daughter.

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Neuschwanger also posted a video to her Twitter slamming Gov. Polis for his vaccine mandates.


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