God’s Will Not Done?: Disgraced Former Navy Chaplain Loses Bid for Public Office
It’s time for an update on Gordon Klingenschmitt. The former Navy chaplain tumbled from the lofty heights of the Colorado legislature this week when he lost a Republican primary race for state Senate. According to the Denver Post, veteran legislator Bob Gardner beat Klingenschmitt in a landslide. Gardner will face a Democratic challenger in November. Since Klingenschmitt had given up his seat in the state House of Representatives in order to run for Senate, his loss this week ended his time in office. And he’s proved a sore loser. “I work hard to establish God’s kingdom, not my own, and, as you know, God’s will is not always done in this world,” he told supporters on Tuesday.
Klingenschmitt, who also goes by the moniker “Dr. Chaps,” had a reputation for extremism long before taking office. His political tenure therefore produced no surprises. Days before losing to Gardner, he proclaimed on his radio show that a transgender Alaskan teen is “possessed by a demonic spirit of cowardice,” “a spirit of lying” and “a spirit of theft.” (Klingenschmitt opposed the teen’s decision to compete athletically as a girl.)