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Local Dems have a friend in Carole King

Carrie Click

It wasn’t too late, as the song goes, to campaign for John Kerry, Ken Salazar and other Democrats at Sacred Grounds coffee shop in Glenwood Springs. “Look at this turnout!” said Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Carole King as she looked at more than 80 people gathered, some carrying “Tapestry” albums and CDs for her to sign. King was in Glenwood Springs as part of what she laughingly described as a “Women’s Bus Tour From Hell” that’s traveling throughout the state in the final days before the Nov. 2 general election.Prominent Colorado Democrat women, including U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, former Lt. Gov. Gail Schoettler and State Senate Minority Leader Joan Fitz-Gerald are joining King during the tour. “This is the time,” said Fitz-Gerald. “This is our effort to get women engaged.””Women’s issues are everyone’s issues,” said King, mentioning health care, “No Child Left Behind” funding, and raising the minimum wage, as she stood in front of a sign that read, “It’s Up to the Women – VOTE!” “Because if Mama’s not happy, nobody’s happy.” Known for such hits as “One Fine Day,” “Up on the Roof” and yes, “It’s Too Late,” King said she has been actively involved in politics for years.”I was there during George McGovern’s campaign, and Gary Hart, too,” she said. At the end of her talk, King held up a Sharpie pen and said she came prepared to sign albums. She also led an a capella chorus of “You’ve Got a Friend.” King said because people know her music, she is able to cross party lines.”My celebrity can bring people out,” she said. ” I have a neighbor (in Idaho) who’s a real cowboy. He came up to me and said, ‘I’m Republican but I’m voting for your guy.’ Republicans and Independents come to these stops with their albums for me to sign, too.” She said she respects Republicans, but she doesn’t respect the current Republican leadership. “It used to be a better party than it is, but you need to be respectful,” she said. “You need to listen.”Donna Desser from Marble attended Friday’s rally.”Carole King is true to herself,” she said. “Her music and her message are exemplary, and at the same time she’s knowledgeable.” “Carole King is true to herself,” she said. “Her music and her message are exemplary, and at the same time she’s knowledgeable.”


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