Dems Commemorate Two Years, Zero Cory Gardner Town Halls

It’s an anniversary Sen. Cory Gardner would be happy for Colorado voters to forget:

Sen. Cory Gardner (R).

Tomorrow, November 20th marks the second anniversary of Cory Gardner’s last public open forum town hall, held at the Pueblo Convention Center and attended by several hundred constituents. Weather permitting, there’s an event planned for outside Gardner’s downtown Denver office tomorrow afternoon to commemorate the occasion.

Like the other town halls Gardner belatedly consented to in the fall of 2017, after months of pummeling over his lack of accessibility while newly elected President Donald Trump plowed like a bull in a china shop through Washington, Gardner was booed and heckled in Pueblo robustly as he tried to defend Trump’s then-unpassed tax cuts and other controversial agenda items like repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Gardner has tried to spin the frosty reception he received at his 2017 town halls into a sympathy play, but his persistently lackluster approval ratings suggest strongly that a majority of voters just aren’t sympathetic. Aware of the self-inflicted harm these on-camera constituent floggings were causing, after the 2017 town halls Gardner switched to scripted appearances at friendly businesses and unannounced “walking tours” of main streets–the latter still exposing Gardner to considerable negative attention.

In recent weeks, the situation has deteriorated rapidly for Gardner as he has turned into a nationwide metaphor for Republican verbal paralysis in response to the impeachment inquiry consuming Trump’s presidency. It’s very difficult to see home-front reception improving for Gardner in the upcoming holiday recess, to say nothing of what’s going to happen when Gardner hits the campaign trail in Colorado next year.

One thing’s for sure: Gardner can’t run his whole re-election campaign from Trump fundraisers.

12 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. MichaelBowman says:

    I’m in Texas today speaking at the FarmVet Coalition national conference.  Our luncheon speaker is George P. Bush and he’s making me long for my old party back.  Gardner could take a few clues from this kid. I’m not into dynasty-building, but I could get behind this kid. 

  2. Moderatus says:

    Nice revisionist history. Even the liberal media condemned the disruption of Cory Gardner's town halls by liberal activists, many of whom were paid.

  3. DavidThi808 says:

    I remember back when Udall didn't do town halls – and people here got mad at me for pointing it out.

    A little consistency please…

  4. MADCO says:


    I just came back to look at that picture.

    Well done, Dave Russell.

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