GREELEY — Weld County Sheriff John Cooke has confirmed claims by the El Paso County sheriff that emails were sent strongly suggesting that a pay raise bill was tied to them dropping their support of the Second Amendment and stop opposing gun control measures the Democrats have passed.
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said the Democrats are desperate to avoid being cast as the only party seen as supporting a series of gun control bills.
“The Democrats do not want to go on record as being the only party that voted for these measures going into the 2014 election,” he said.
Maketa raised eyebrows last weekend during an appearance on the Jeff Crank show on KVOR 740 out of Colorado Springs. During the interview he told Crank that state Democrats weree putting pressure on pro-gun sheriffs to help provide political cover for their gun control bills. He explained he and other sheriffs received a series of email suggesting a pay raise bill was being held up until the sheriffs changed their position and supported the bills.
In January, the County Sheriffs of Colorado issued a position paper on the slew of gun bills being proposed by the Democratic controlled legislature.
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