UPDATE: Cancelled for, uh, no particular reason, writes the Fort Collins Coloradoan’s Bob Moore:
Cory Gardner’s campaign manager, Chris Hansen, called me tonight to let me know that the planned Saturday fundraiser with Rep. Steve King has been cancelled.
Hansen wouldn’t elaborate on reasons, but he called me in response to an email I sent him about King’s latest controversial statement…
This Saturday, GOP CD-4 nominee Cory Gardner is hosting a fundraiser in Hudson with special guest Rep. Steve King of Iowa (invitation right).
Rep. King is an interesting choice for a fundraising headliner, generally considered to be one of the most polarizing conservatives in office today (Tom Tancredo gave him a run for this title while serving in Congress)–career highlights include famous misstatements about the murder rate in American cities (hint: lower than Iraq), his heartfelt belief that Joe McCarthy was “a hero for America,” and his assertion that if we had just abolished the IRS, the man who recently crashed a plane into an IRS office would have had “no target.”
And just in time for Gardner’s fundraiser this weekend, fresh meat from Rep. King–cue Media Matters:
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) appeared on the G. Gordon Liddy Show this morning to discuss Arizona’s controversial immigration law and accused Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama – both critics of the legislation – of harboring animosity towards white Americans. Specifically, he accused Obama of having a “default mechanism” that favors “the black person.”
King: When you look at this administration, I’m offended by Eric Holder and the President also, their posture. It looks like Eric Holder said that white people in America are cowards when it comes to race. And I don’t know what the basis of that is but I’m not a coward when it comes to that and I’m happy to talk about these things and I think we should. But the President has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race – on the side that favors the black person. [Pols emphasis]
Seems like those peppers in the invitation could take on a larger meaning, depending on how much of a firestorm these latest comments turn out to be for King: this doesn’t read like a statement that will stay out of the headlines. Does Gardner risk being tainted by King’s remarks, past and present? And aren’t there some nice un-crazy Republicans who could host a few fundraisers? It’s not like Steve King isn’t entertaining, it’s just…well, Gardner won the primary, didn’t he? At some point, people might stop thinking this is a contrivance, and conclude that Gardner actually would govern with the Congressional fringe–we’d call that an unfortunate development.
He’s still trying to make voters forget he used to be a Democrat. Steve King helps with that.
And will work diligently to crater his own campaign. Generally just the statewide GOP candidates do it, but I’ll happily accept Cory taking the same approach.
He would just use the money to get his oil changed. (Preferably while billing the State for mileage.)
Oh wait, he already has.
Travel & Lodging
King seems to be unique in that he charges his campaign for certain travel expenses while at the same time billing the state for mileage.
There was an ethics complaint filed against him last session.
Gardner cancels fundraiser with King.
Now that he doesn’t have to do pesky stuff like…skip these fundraisers and actually show up for work.
O. Wait. Guess that never really was a problem for him…
You’re either in bed with King all the way or not, right? Is this the craziest thing he’s ever said? I seriously doubt it. What is Gardner thinking setting up a fundraiser with this nut to begin with?
It’s kind of like Gardner’s history with political parties. He’s not really committed one way or the other.
CD 4 really can’t afford to have this election the wrong way. We had one too many terms under Musgrave and Colorado just can’t afford any more Republicans representing CD4. Gardner would be a right-winger just like Tancredo, Musgrave and the other Republican nutjobs. Let’s get Markey reelected!!
I have always thought that Rep. King was loony so this isn’t the first time he has said something crazy.
What is surprising is that Gardner would associate himself with King. It means either he’s just as crazy or he didn’t know.
Seeing how his campaign has been run since he announced, I’d say it could be either.
He doesn’t seem to be focused on campaigning, but rather how long the drapes will be when he’s elected.