Denver (AP) Democrats plan to continue their criticism of John McCain today for recently suggesting a seven-state water-sharing agreement may need to be -- quote -- “renegotiated.”
Democrats have seized on the Republican presidential nominee's remark as evidence he's out of touch with the mountain west, where the 1922 Colorado river compact is politically sacrosanct.
McCain wrote a letter to Colorado republican Senator Wayne Allard yesterday saying his comments were misconstrued and that he only meant that western states should collaborate on water conflicts within the compact's framework.
But democrats have jumped on McCain's remark. Today, three top Colorado democrats will again decry the statement. Senator Ken Salazar, Governor Bill Ritter and congressman Mark Udall have called an afternoon press event in Denver to blast McCain's remark about the water agreement.