Yidi Xaio has one question for the political candidate at her door: “Are you a Democrat or a Republican?” The candidate is Eric Rutherford. He’s a brawny guy with exactly the kind of haircut you’d expect on a 55-year-old commercial real estate broker. He is also, he admits, a Republican. “I have to be honest,” replies Xaio, 46. “I hate Donald Trump.” But Rutherford has another card to play before he trudges back into the mid-October snow. It’s about fracking. This year, oil and gas issues are creating strange political crosswinds between the suburban oil fields of House District 33, where anti-drilling activism burns across party lines. Rutherford says he’s the only Republican candidate in Colorado who is campaigning for Proposition 112, which would multiply the mandatory distance between houses and drilling. The Republican has made it the centerpiece of his campaign, pointing out that even the incumbent Democrat, Matt Gray, doesn’t support the restrictions on this year’s ballot. And it’s not just Rutherford: Libertarian Kim Tavendale also is endorsing Proposition 112, while conservative independent Jay Geyer has proposed his own variant. “It’s kind of weird that it takes a 55-year-old white former Marine to say that,” quipped Rutherford, who… Read full this story
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