Cory Gardner is Not a Figment of Your Imagination

Colorado Congressional DelegationCongress is nearing the end of its Memorial Day recess, which began last Friday and continues through this weekend. It’s been a busy break for most of Colorado’s Congressional delegation.

Many of Colorado’s Congresspeople used this “district work period” to meet with constituents and local groups. Freshman Reps. Joe Neguse (D-Lafayette) and Jason Crow (D-Aurora) have been all over the place in the past week (Neguse has already conducted more town hall meetings than any other freshman lawmaker in the country). Congressman Ken Buck (R-Greeley) did some podcasting; Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Denver) conducted a CNN “town hall” as part of his campaign for President; and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado Springs) even found some time to do a little yardwork.

Yet there is one member of Colorado’s Congressional delegation who is — once again — difficult to find in person. In fact, the only reason we even know roughly where Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) has been is because of a line buried in this Politico story about former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley:

She has also been asked to campaign alongside Republican candidates who might be more reluctant to stump with the president, including Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, widely considered the most vulnerable of the 2020 cycle. The president’s approval rating in the state is underwater by 13 points, according to an April poll conducted by Morning Consult. Gardner, who was traveling internationally in connection with his position on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was not present Thursday when Trump visited Colorado to deliver remarks at the Air Force Academy’s commencement ceremony. [Pols emphasis]

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (right) speaks with constituents in Arvada this week.

Gardner was also conspicuously absent from Colorado during the last long “district work period” in March, which has become standard practice for the Yuma Republican. Coloradans generally don’t even learn about what Gardner is doing until after he’s done it. Reporters can’t get answers to the most basic of questions. And town halls…those are another subject altogether; you’d have better luck finding Gardner at Disneyland than at a town hall event.

Gardner is entering his first re-election campaign as a top target for Democrats; he is generally considered to be the most endangered incumbent Senator in the country. But many of 2020’s most endangered Republican incumbents are making time for their home states. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) was shaking hands on the Memorial Day parade route, and Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) popped up in several places.

Coloradans should expect their Congressional Members to be visible — particularly since Congress isn’t getting much done when they are in Washington D.C. — but what we’ve come to expect from Gardner is absence.


8 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Cory is slowly sinking his own ship.

  2. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Is he checking in on *rump's BFF's (alleged) nefarious activities? 

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that the US is looking into reports that North Korea executed a top official after President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un's summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, earlier this year.

    TwoScoops doesn't have to a pull a trigger while standing in the middle of 5th Avenue to test the loyalty of his base, not when Little Rocket Man will do his dirty business for him north of the DMZ. 

  3. Gilpin Guy says:

    Cory and courage have never been linked together.  Hoping this pathetic little man leaves the national stage the same time as the Dumpster.  Probably no coincidence that the little coward didn't want to be photographed with the Dumpster in Colorado.

  4. CDW says:

    Jason Crow isn't much better. I've been unable to find a phone number or email address for him. Maybe he doesn't plan to stay  around long enough to warrant the expense. 

  5. CDW says:

    Maybe you're something special in the D party, but this is what I get from  I'm a democrat, I voted for Crow, I will vote for any democrat over any republican for the rest of my life.


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