Gardner’s explanation for skipping GOP meeting doesn’t hold up

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Sen. Cory Gardner (R).

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s (R-CO) office says it erred in telling Steamboat Springs Republicans that a planned lunch meeting last Friday with Gardner was canceled due the expected presence of protesters, when, in fact, the actual reason for the cancellation, according to Gardner’s office, was to “accommodate” a meeting with Democratic Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger.

But Monger told the Colorado Times Recorder today that he was free to meet with Gardner any time during the day–not just during lunch.

“I told him I was coming into town just to meet with him, so I could meet with him anytime he wanted to,” Monger said.

Asked if he could have re-arranged his schedule, Monger said:

Monger: “I had some flexibility, yes, and again I was respectful of the senator’s busy schedule and time, and I said, “Well, I’m more than happy to modify my schedule to meet. I appreciated the opportunity to get his ear, and so I said, ‘Whatever works for you guys.’ The scheduler said, ‘Nope, we’re fine with noon. That would be good.’ So i said, ‘That’s great.'”

It appears Gardner had some flexibility in his schedule, or at least enough to be able to stop by the lunch meeting with Republicans at Carl’s Tavern, because Gardner was a half hour late to his meeting with Monger.

“They called me right at noon, and said they’d be a half hour late,” Monger said.

Monger said his meeting with Gardner, which covered health care and other matters, lasted about an hour and a half.

Asked what she thought of Gardner meeting with Monger for an hour and a half, Routt County Commissioner Cari Hermacinski, who’s a Republican, said, “I wish I could have had the same conversation with the senator too.”

“Obviously the people protesting [in front of the restaurant where Gardner had planned to meet with Republicans] were upset with Senator Gardner, and some of the attendees inside were upset with Senator Gardner too,” said Hermacinski.

“I think he should have met with the people he had scheduled lunch with,” said Hermacinski. “I showed up anyway and just had lunch with some of the people who were there. And unfortunately none of us got to ask the senator questions.”

Routt County Republican Chair Don Mathis advocated that the meeting go on, even without Gardner.

“My personal feeling is that we continue to have the meeting and do not show weakness to the media, [Routt County Democratic Chair] Cathy Carson, or the protesters,” wrote Mathis in an email, obtained from a source, to local Republicans.

In his invitation to Republicans to attend the Gardner meeting, Mathis wrote in an email, “Please come prepared with brutal truthful questions, concerns and issues for him to answer.”

In May, Monger was featured in a Healthier Colorado advertisement opposing the U.S. Senate’s bill to replace Obamacare.

7 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    [Corwardly Lyin' opens his mouth, words come out] . . . 

    . . . so what's to doubt???

  2. DavieDavie says:

    Ah yes, the old "snub Republicans that think for themselves and don't bow at my feet" ploy devil

    If only Moldy and Gerbils could have been there to lick Gardner's boots, all would have gone well, I'm sure!

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    Gardner meeting with one Democratic commissioner for 90 minutes, skipping a lunch with (probably) a more diverse group and protesters out front.

    And that Democratic commissioner says he brought up how the ACA was working for his county and urged Gardner to be more forthright in clarifying what the plan was going to be.

    So who knows … maybe Cory is trying for some bipartisanship after all.

  4. DawnPatrol says:

    This gardner bozo has become so laughably transparent in his fecklessness and cravenness, he's now reduced himself to a pathetic, humiliated spectacle. A real tower of jello. A full-on wussy snowflake.

    Tired yet of 'making colorado great again,' rightie assholes and the Denver Post?

  5. Republican 36 says:

    Gardner is a coward. He can't even find the courage to meet with Republicans, members of his own party, just because a few protesters are demonstrating in front of the meeting place. I remember during the Vietnam demonstrations even Richard Nixon went over to either the Washington Monument or the Lincoln Memorial and talked face-to-face with anti-war demonstrators.

    He won't meet with his constituents but he will shout to the heavens that he did.

    He said he will protect medicaid but then abandons millions of people to sickness and some to death by cutting it and attempting to mask his deception and lies by asserting "sustainability of medicaid" while voting to make it  unsustainable by eliminating the tax base that makes it sustainable.

    He tells everyone he will support a healthcare bill that makes policies affordable and now supports a bill that will allow young and healthy individuals to purchase high deductible policies that will undermine the insurance market and send it spiraling down to the detriment of all.

    He categorically states over and over again that he will protect those with preexisting conditions and now supports a bill that will do exactly opposite.

    He states over and over again that he will protect older Americans from excessive premium increases and now supports a bill that will allow insurance companies to charge older Americans five times per month what they will charge young healthy citizens. That equals a 250% increase in premiums for older Americans.

    And at the end of the day, Mr. Gardner will look at us with a straight face and tell us he made sure everyone has health insurance and healthcare when in fact he has abandoned literally tens of millions of his fellow citizens to suffering.

    He insults us with his craven belief that we are stupid mindless fools who believe anything he says. He is a coward and he is wrong.

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