Politico is latest media outlet to let Gardner slide on personhood inconsistency

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Cory Gardner.

Cory Gardner.

The latest reporter to ask senatorial candidate Cory Gardner why he's un-endorsed the state personhood amendments but has yet to un-cosponsor a proposed federal personhood law is Politico's Paige Winfield Cunningham, who reported Wednesday:

Gardner now says he was wrong to back personhood because it could ban some forms of contraception. He’s even urging the Food and Drug Administration to make birth control pills available without prescription. But he is still listed as a sponsor of a federal personhood bill. His campaign didn’t respond to questions about the discrepancy.

In the absence of a response by Gardner, or his spokespeople, Cunningham should have cited the Gardner campaign's previous erroneous statement that the federal personhood bill, called the Life at Conception Act, is simply a declaration that life begins at conception, and it would not ban abortion, even for rape and incest, like Colorado's personhood amendments aimed to do.

Here's what Gardner spokesman Alex Siciliano told The Denver Post's Mark Matthews July 15.

"The federal proposal in question simply states that life begins at conception, as most pro-life Americans believe, with no change to contraception laws as Senator Udall falsely alleges."

And here's what Gardner himself told untold numbers of TV viewers in an advertisement last month, ostensibly stating that he's against all personhood legislation, state and federal:

Gardner: "They attacking me for changing my mind about personhood, after I learned more and listened to more of you."

But did he change his mind on personhood? Before he made the ad, Gardner was careful to say he opposed personhood in Colorado, leaving open the possibility that he supports it at the federal level. He told CBS4's Shaun Boyd:

Gardner: "In the state of Colorado, the personhood initiative I do not support."

But prior to this, on KNUS radio April 22, shortly after he backed off Colorado personhood amendments, Gardner said he stood behind his anti-abortion record in Congress, which includes his co-sponsorship of the federal personhood bill.

Gardner: “I remain a pro-life legislator who believes that my record actually speaks for itself while I’ve been in Congress."

I like to fill in media gaps, left open by reporters, but Gardner's office doesn't return my calls, and so all I can do is look at these inconsistencies and speculate about what's going on in Gardner's mind.

A reporter who happens to be speaking with Gardner should straighten things out.

9 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. BlueCat says:

    And once again, with that official declaration all kinds of things are potentially illegal and don't think anti-choicers wouldn't take all the possibilities to court.  

  2. Davie says:

    Obviously, dissembling by Gardner aside, the 10th most conservative Republican in Congress wants to be one of the most conservative Republicans in the Senate.

    Underneath that slimy smiling facade lurks a truly dangerous man who would do anything to please his wealthy benefactors, no matter the cost to America's future.

    In other words, pretty much what virtuallly all Republicans have been doing for the past 5 or 6 years.

  3. MooMooMoo0 says:

    It would be more consistent for him to drop the federal cosponsorship and keep the state cosponsorship. He could then talk about federalism, states rights all that conservatarian stuff.

  4. Andrew Carnegie says:

    Maybe Politico is not a one trick pony.

  5. Duke Cox says:

    Maybe Politico is not a one trick pony.

    Unlike you, you mean?

    • ct says:

      The troll knows a trick?  

      • Curmudgeon says:

        C;mon, AChole knows several: 

        Posting photos and polls while lying about their context;

        Racial Slurs;

        Setting up sockpuppet accounts to argue with, that represent his concept of the Liberal Mindset;

        and, my personal favorite, Disappearing briefly after an offense, reappearing to make a few rational-sounding posts, then one again retuning to his lil' bag of shit to hurl after assuring himself he hasn't been banned. Again. 



        • MooMooMoo0 says:

          Reminds me of my “career” as a Final Fantasy forumite when I was 16 and 17. This cycle of events only works on about half the forums. There are some that ban whom they consider trolls in weeks if not days.

          • Curmudgeon says:

            It's only this site's liberal policy regarding Freedom of Speech that's keeping him from the banhammer. The irony isn't lost on him; I'm sure that's something he enjoys greatly.  

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