Trump, Gardner’s NRSC Melt Down Over AZ, FL Senate Races

President Trump (left) and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma).

Huffpost reports on the angry crossfire in Florida as the races for governor and U.S. Senator head toward a recount:

Florida Gov. Rick Scott suggested there was “rampant fraud” and called for law enforcement to investigate two counties over their election practices as the Republican’s lead in the state’s U.S. Senate race continued to shrink Thursday evening…

“Every Floridian should be concerned there may be rampant fraud happening in Palm Beach and Broward counties,” he said in a televised statement outside the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee. The governor offered no specific evidence of fraud, saying only that the counties were the only two in the state where there were irregularities.

FOX News reports that Sen. Cory Gardner’s National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is joining Rick Scott’s lawsuit alleging fraud in Florida’s election, further clouding the Sunshine State’s political forecast:

In their lawsuit against Broward County, Scott and the National Republican Senatorial Committeee (NRSC) allege that officials there are hiding critical information about the number of votes cast and counted. And in a parallel suit against Palm Beach County, Scott and the NRSC charge that the election supervisor there illegally used her own judgment to determine voter intent when reviewing damaged or incorrectly filled-out absentee ballots, while refusing to allow impartial witnesses to monitor the process.

And in the other remaining U.S. Senate hotspot of 2018, Politico’s Burgess Everett reporting that Gardner’s NRSC is ramping up election fraud allegations in the close Senate race in Arizona, in which Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is pulling narrowly ahead as the count grinds on:

Earlier today, President Donald Trump actually suggested an electoral do-over in Arizona, which is insane:

Of course, here in Colorado we have mail ballots like Arizona does, and we know that the signature verification process always results in some number of ballots being rejected. In close races, these ballots are sometimes tracked back to their owners and “cured” of such deficiencies, whereupon they can become decisive votes–something we are likely to see in close Colorado House races this year in which ballots are still being counted.

With all of this in mind, Sen. Cory Gardner is once again stuck–between needing to support Republican candidates as the head of the NRSC, and the fact that these flailing charges of vote fraud look ridiculous to Colorado voters Gardner needs to immediately begin patching things up with if he has any desire to be re-elected in two years. The conflict Gardner faces is making itself evident all kinds of ways since the election, not least with the NRSC declaring itself in lockstep with the President right after Colorado dealt Trump’s (and Gardner’s) party an historic shellacking at the polls.

Colorado voters have heard these allegations countless times before. And they have never panned out.

18 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. unnamed says:

    Gardner:  I saw no Blue Wave in Colorado.  Just ask Governor-elect Stapleton.  He won, because I'm not counting illegal votes.

  2. bullshit! says:

    This garbage works on the MAGA morons every time. That's why they do it. But Gardner is got a hell of a Jedi mind trick ahead if he wants to win a second term. I bet he pulls out.

  3. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Somebody remind me how many billions of dollars that Rick Scott's company got from Medicare via fraud? Moderatus? Powerful Pear?

  4. psyclone says:

    Cory lies down with dogs, and is now waking up with fleas.

  5. mynameischarlie says:

    I'll be glad when he's up for re-election because it sure will be nice to scrape that turd off our shoe. So far, he's been called the most vulnerable Republican and I can't imagine two more years of Trump's presidency will do him any good.

  6. Independent Voter says:

    Gardner will be the biggest and easiest national target for democrats to remove in 2020. I do agree that I doubt if he even runs.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Speaking of which, I just watched Gardner on Jake Tapper's SOTU. If he said "violating the Florida constitution" one more time………. If only he showed the same high regard for the U.S. Constitution, he might not come across as such a sycophant.

      P.S. Nice optics though. Cory's graying hair, blue windbreaker, and red tractor in the background made for a nice photo op. Maybe he's angling to be the first governor elected of the State of Northern Colorado.

      • Duke Cox says:

        I just watched it myself. Well, listened to it, mostly as I find watching Cory speak has not become more bearable with the passage of time. Cory and his handlers have been focused on optics for a long time. Cory dreams of being the president of the US. Hence his posture vis a vis T***ps' rectum. 

        Corys' greatest skill is kissing wealthy asses.

      • mamajama55 says:

        No f*cking way.  While many of my colleagues know and praise Gardner's "fine family", he himself is not popular here. He dodges his constituents at restaurants; he ducks out of conversations on the street. Having a nice smile and mumbling platitudes only gets one so far.

        He drives his tractor away from teenagers trying to talk to him about DACA (about 3:57 in the linked video), and does not make time to talk with them about their concerns.

        It took the disabled activists of ADAPT two days of occupying his office just to get a conversation with the dude.

        As far as the "51st state" of Northern Colorado seceding, forget that too.  In the last election, northern Colorado Democratic activists increased registration of Democrats, women, and young people, particularly unaffiliated people, for the highest -ever voter participation in a midterm election in our areas.

        We had the highest number of people voting for Democratic candidates in our counties, and contributed respectably to the statewide candidates, even though our local candidates generally didn't break the 30% threshold.

        Latinx and refugee populations continue to grow and to become voting citizens in Morgan county. They're not registering as Republicans.  Democrats are gaining voters, while Republicans, through their destructive tariff policies, *rumpf's disrespect for veterans, catering to racists, and erratic conduct in general, continue to lose voters.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      IMHO, the biggest target is Sen. Collins.  She's facing a decline in approval ratings (after Kavanaugh hearings -9), campaign funding pledges against her ($3.5-4 million), a set of national political volunteers for her opponent (whoever that may be) already forming, and Maine's ranked choice voting that will diminish any "alternate candidate" vote impact.

      Cory will clearly be a national target — but unless there is a Democratic self-funder who wants to oppose him, Gardner will start with a healthy lead in fundraising.

      Joni Ernst (IA), David Perdue (GA) and Thom Tillis (NC) may be on the list, too.

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