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New Member Hires Conservative Radio Host as Chief of Staff

In October, he wrote a column on his website supporting former Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo, who ran unsuccessfully as the American Constitution Party candidate for Colorado governor.

Before going on the air with the show last year, Pfaff headed the Focus on the Family-affiliated coalition that in 2006 promoted passage of an amendment to the Colorado constitution that defined marriage between a man and a woman and defeated a referendum that would have allowed domestic partnership benefits.

He has served as president of the Colorado Family Institute, which advocates for faith-based public policy issues in the state. “I am a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order,” Pfaff told a Colorado paper last year. “That is where I stand.”

In an interview posted on YouTube in 2007, he said there’s a “major assault” on the family in Colorado and his goal was to “try to stem the tide.”

“The church has to decide that they want to change things, so we will be doing voter registration and other efforts in the churches to let Christians know that when they make their voice heard, they make a big difference,” he said.

More recently, he headed the effort in Colorado to thwart President Barack Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

He was also Colorado state director of the fiscal conservative group Americans for Prosperity and spoke at a protest on the Colorado State Capitol steps railing against Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and the economic stimulus bill.

“In my opinion, Obama, Pelosi and Reid are the Bernie Madoff Democrats who want to take our money and use it for their purposes and we’re here to say, ‘No more,’” Pfaff told the crowd last year.

Pfaff’s style matches that of his new boss. During his 14-year tenure in the Kansas state Senate, Huelskamp sponsored an amendment to strip Planned Parenthood of its state funding and pushed for amendments to the state constitution to ban gay marriage and guarantee individual gun rights.

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