Cory Gardner Says Hickenlooper’s Silence Means He Must Agree With Whatever He Hasn’t Criticized

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Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) has been notoriously difficult to reach for comment recently, particularly when it comes to criticizing President Trump.

Gardner’s reluctance to publicly cross his party’s leader has been widely reported, but that didn’t stop him from attacking his likely election opponent, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, for failing to do the same.

Asked by radio host Hugh Hewitt if Hickenlooper has called on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to “get out of the way” [referring to negotiations over the most recent COVID-19 stimulus bill], Gardner derided Hickenlooper’s “absolute silence.”

Gardner went on to claim that Hickenlooper’s silence must mean that he agrees with those he has failed to criticize, in this case Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.

Hewitt: “Has your opponent, John Hickenlooper, I mean, he hasn’t won yet, but has John Hickenlooper called on Chuck Schumer to get the hell out of the way?”

Gardner: “Silence. There’s absolute silence because they must appreciate the politics, the style. They must like holding the American small businesses hostage to a political outcome that quite frankly, I don’t know if it’s in disagreement. There’s no Republicans out there saying, ‘Well, hospitals don’t need more money.’ We ran out of money in a fund that was approved unanimously two, three weeks ago. And now they’re holding it up. You know, you look at how many millions and millions of jobs have been saved by the paycheck protection program. And they would rather play politics.”

Gardner’s claim that not publicly criticizing a politician’s negotiating style is tantamount to agreement is striking considering his own behavior in a very similar situation.

Last October, Gardner repeatedly refused to answer reporters’ questions about whether he believed it was appropriate for President Trump to have asked the Ukranian president to investigate Joe Biden.

Reporter Joe St. George’s video immediately went viral, generating 2.7 million views and numerous national headlines over the following months. Gardner has yet to answer the question.

Attempts to reach Gardner’s office via phone and email were unsuccessful. This article will be updated with any response received.

Watch Hewitt’s full interview with Gardner here.

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  1. JohnInDenver says:

    Gardner's position: "There’s no Republicans out there saying, ‘Well, hospitals don’t need more money." 

    I may be missing it, but I have not seen Republican out there saying "hospitals do need more money." 

    And given the history of Republicans supporting the abolition of the ACA (which sends LOTS of money to hospitals), I think there is reason for suspicion about when Republicans would get around to appropriating money if they were not pushed into doing it via negotiations on something they wanted.

    • Duke Cox says:

      Let me state this plainly…

      Cory Gardner has been a lying grifter since I first got to know him over a decade ago. There is no falsehood he will not embrace in order to advance his mercenary agenda. His grinning, glad-handing style is perfect for K Street. Perfect for the halls of Congress. Anywhere honor, integrity, or courage are needed, however, do not look to your junior senator.

      Every reader of these pages knows I am no big fan of John Hickenlooper and I support the candidacy of Andrew Romanoff to replace Cory. But even John Hickenlooper is exponentially better than our official state grifter, Con-man Cory Gardner.

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