Republican state legislative candidate Gordon Klingenschmitt is being condemned by both parties after a newsletter he wrote over the weekend to his constituents criticizing Democratic Congressman Jared Polis’s “Employment Non-Discrimination Act.”

In a section of the newsletter, Klingenschmitt wrote “The open persecution of Christians is underway. Democrats like Polis want to bankrupt Christians who refuse to worship and endorse his sodomy. Next he'll join ISIS in beheading Christians, but not just in Syria, right here in America.”

Colorado House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, released a statement today:

“The Colorado Republican Party has squandered their credibility over and over again with these kinds of over the top and offensive remarks,” Ferrandino said. “They are far behind the people of Colorado when it comes to issues of basic fairness, civil rights, and apparently even common decency.”

State GOP leader Ryan call told our partners at KDVR, “Gordon, as I’ve said before, does not speak for the Colorado Republican Party,” Call said.

Klingenschmitt apologized in a YouTube video.

“I used hyperbole.  You know what hyperbole is…it’s a literary device where you exaggerate to make a point,” Klingenschmitt said.  “Apparently some Democrats do not have a sense of humor and they were offended by some of the things I said using hyperbole this weekend, so I want to issue a personal apology to you Congressman Jared Polis.”

A few seconds later, Klingenschmitt dumped a bucket of ice water over his head and challenged Polis, Ferrandino and Call to join in the “ALS ice bucket challenge.”