An eagle-eyed reader forwarded us a photo reportedly taken yesterday in Anaheim, California: while Colorado’s senior U.S. Senator Michael Bennet holds public town halls across the state, Sen. Cory Gardner is celebrating the U.S. Senate’s votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act by going to Disneyland!
Where he didn’t take questions, being busy (pardon us) picking winners.
It’s important to understand the full context of this photo: Sen. Bennet is holding packed town hall meetings across the state during this August recess, while Sen. Gardner was more or less hornswaggled into answering questions in public at an impromptu “town hall” in Durango last week–that being Gardner’s first public event in over a year and a half. Gardner made vague promises under fire at that meeting to hold more public events, but as of this writing none have been scheduled.
And now he’s at Disneyland.
Gardner’s lack of availability to his own constituents has become a major point of discussion this year, playing a role in Gardner’s approval rating plunging below 25% among Colorado voters. At this point, it’s very hard to understand why Gardner hasn’t just taken his lumps and put an end to the negative press.
But for some reason, he hasn’t.
It’s a safe bet that pic(k)s of Gardner frolicking at Disneyland will do very little to improve those poll numbers.