Republican Joe O’Dea is wrapping up his long, strange trip as a 2022 candidate for U.S. Senate by doubling-down on an obvious lie and hanging out with former Sen. Cory Gardner, whose last election cycle concluded with a nearly 10-point loss to Democrat John Hickenlooper.
Before we get to Gardner, we’ll start with Friday’s final Senate debate between O’Dea and incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet. This video clip from the Colorado Democratic Party is a pretty good summary of O’Dea’s final few weeks as a statewide candidate:
WATCH: O’Dea gets choked up while trying to defend his lies about being censored by Google.
— Colorado Dems (@coloradodems) October 31, 2022
As you can see, O’Dea got a little emotional about being called out for a ridiculous lie that is still being pushed by his campaign despite the fact that it has been widely debunked…including by O’Dea himself. We’ve been covering the O’Dea campaign’s absurd claims that his campaign is being “censored” by Google — something that appears to be a desperate effort to raise a few more dollars before O’Dea turns back into a little-known contractor on November 8th. In fact, just last week O’Dea told Spencer Soicher of KRDO in Colorado Springs that his “crack team” had already “addressed” the fake problem with Google and “cleaned it up.”
That doesn’t mean that O’Dea’s campaign has stopped running its fake conspiracy fundraising ads, however, which is why Kyle Clark of 9News asked him about it during Friday’s debate:
KYLE CLARK: Mr. O’Dea, would you like to provide any evidence [that Google is censoring your campaign]?
JOE O’DEA: I’m not going to do it here tonight, Kyle. I’m not debating you. I’m debating Michael Bennet.
CLARK: Well, I’m asking you if you’re interested in backing up this allegation…
O’DEA: I told you, you can go look it up. It happened. Two weeks, they downed our Google efforts so we couldn’t…search for our stuff. It’s documented.
CLARK: It actually…it is not. Because these things are public. And we looked again this morning. And you have run Google ads without a single day of interruption since April 14th.
O’DEA: That’s not true. That’s just not true.
CLARK: The public can go, and they can go look…
O’DEA: They can go look. That’s just not true.
CLARK: …at the transparency portal, and they can see that you have run ads…
O’DEA: That’s not true.
CLARK: …every single day, without interruption. There’s a single ad pulled in June for an unspecified violation…
O’DEA: A single ad, they pulled…
CLARK: …which your campaign won’t tell us what that was for, or if you attempted to fix it. So just one last question: Serious allegation, about a behemoth company, that you could regulate as a U.S. Senator, do you have any evidence?
O’DEA: I just told you, they pulled one of our ads for two weeks. That’s the evidence…
CLARK: With respect, your word is not evidence, sir. Any evidence?
O’DEA: It’s there, you can find it.
CLARK: Very good.
This is a very weird hill to die upon. It’s not “furries” weird, but it’s still strange.
O’Dea’s campaign is apparently so desperate to raise money in the last week of the election that O’Dea is willing to keep this ridiculous conspiracy theory alive…AND to call on 2020’s big election loser to help him collect a few thousand more dollars for his doomed Senate bid. Via Punchbowl News, the original orange Republican leader (former House Speaker John Boehner) will join former Sen. Cory Gardner for a last-minute fundraiser in Denver that is probably more about cultivating O’Dea as a future GOP donor:
We can’t imagine that Tuesday’s fundraiser is going to make much of a difference for O’Dea’s campaign. Are there a lot of people who have not yet donated to O’Dea who are interested in shelling out $10,000 for a photo with two former elected officials and a guy who is only slightly more likely than you are to be in the U.S. Senate next month? This might have been a decent fundraising event two months ago, but not one week before Election Day.
Anyway, there are just a few more days left Joe, and you’ll have all the time in the world to live your best #HorseSushi life.