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March 25, 2016 01:47 PM UTC

Coloradans To Sen. Cory Gardner: #DoYourJob

  • by: ProgressNow Colorado

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Gardner-MorningJoe-22416With new polling released today showing the American public rejects the right-wing stonewalling of President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, delivered a petition with nearly 1,300 names and hundreds of comments from Coloradans to Sen. Cory Gardner demanding he do his job and give Chief Judge Garland a fair hearing.

“It was a risky gamble for the far right to vow to block any nominee President Obama put forward, and today the polls show the American people reject this latest act of partisan obstruction by the Republican Party,” said ProgressNow political director Alan Franklin. “The message we’ve heard from progressives in Colorado is loud and clear: we can’t wait until 2017 for a new Supreme Court Justice. It’s time for Republicans in the U.S. Senate to set aside their endless vitriol against America’s first black President and do their jobs.”

Here are just a few of the hundreds of messages to Sen. Gardner from Colorado voters received by ProgressNow Colorado:

Robert in Denver: “It is not unprecedented for a president to nominate a SCOTUS replacement during an election year. Do your job–you know, the one the tax payers are paying you to do, and carry out your Constitutional responsibility.”

Jacquelyn in Boulder: “It is not likely you will have the courage to do the right thing. I have yet to meet an independent Republican. You love to talk of the Constitution, but will not even give a nominee a hearing. It is disgraceful. If it were up to me, none of you would get your paycheck. Most of us would be fired immediately if we did our job the way your party does. I will spend as much shoe leather as I can afford to defeat you and your obstructionist colleagues.”

Sharon in Palmer Lake: “If it was good enough for Reagan to nominate someone for the Supreme Court during his last years…it is also good enough for President Obama to do the same thing. Shame on you and the others who are not willing to work together according to the U.S. Constitution.”

Curt in Denver: “Ronald Reagan was the last president to nominate a Supreme Court justice in the year prior to an election…it is ridiculous for Mitch McConnell to block a nomination to the Court by President Obama. Leaving the Court in limbo is unprecedented. Election year politics have no place in your obligation to advise and consent to Obama’s nomination to the Supreme Court.”

Garrett in Pueblo: “I find it interesting for all of Republicans’ rhetoric about following the Constitution, that you are not willing to follow it in this case and give Judge Merrick Garland a hearing. No one is suggesting that you must accept his nomination–you can always vote ‘no.’ But to deny him a hearing and an ‘up or down’ vote is to disregard the Constitution and to make up the rules as you go along. We all have our jobs to do–now do yours. Give Judge Merrick Garland the hearing he deserves.”

To read more comments from Colorado voters to Sen. Cory Gardner, click here.

“The response from Cory Gardner and Republicans in Washington to the election of Barack Obama as President almost eight years ago has been to wage endless partisan warfare against him, which has done enormous damage to our nation and our politics,” said Franklin. A new poll today [1] shows that Republicans are rapidly losing public support for their refusal to even hold hearings on Judge Garland’s nomination. The message from Colorado voters to Cory Gardner and the Republican Party could not be clearer: do your job. If they refuse, November is coming fast.”


21 thoughts on “Coloradans To Sen. Cory Gardner: #DoYourJob

      1. That's been the case and this is the first time even holding a hearing has been denied. Rs have the power to vote no.  Why are they afraid to have a hearing, stand up and turn the guy down fair and square? Could it be because in the past they've actually said if Obama had the sense to appoint somebody like Garland there wouldn't be a problem, never dreaming that he actually would do so? And if you're addressing me personally and not just as one of those silly libs, I'd like to see some example of me crying bloody murder or anything else over anything.

      1. The Constitution tells the Senate, in this case the Judiciary Committee, that they will consider the nominee, and then can recommend or not recommend to the full body of the Senate. The Senate is not compelled to sanction any nominee. The point here is that the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee need to do their job in compliance with the US Constitution and hold a hearing on the nominee. These same Republicans swore to uphold and campaigned on their allegiance to the US Constitution to obtain their office. So uphold the Constitution! Quit the politics!

  1. When you've lost even Kansas… (if our junior senator was up for re-election this year he'd have a different opinion, too.  They know all-too-well that McConnell's words "let the people decide" applies to more than one political scenario)

    Moran is the third Republican senator to advocate hearings for Merrick Garland, who Obama has nominated to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the late Antonin Scalia. Moderate Sens. Mark Kirk (Ill.) and Susan Collins (Maine) have also advocated that the Senate move forward.

    It’s no coincidence that Moran and Kirk are both up for re-election this year. The ongoing Supreme Court fight puts them in the awkward position of wanting to stay in line with GOP leaders while not looking obstructionist back home.

  2. 5 million plus people live in Colorado and ProgressNow thinks "nearly" 1,300 signatures is a big deal. 

    Not "progressive crybullies" either. Looks like Moderatus has been drinking that kool-aid again. No, P.N. is just plain stupid.

    But, the smart Republicans are slowly figuring it out, and not just those up for election this year. Why unnecessarily give the Dems a campaign issue?

    1. I'm with you on this one, CHB.  I'd rather have 100 people who would write a personal letter to their representative than a petition with 10,000 sigs.  You do realize that using the words 'smart Republicans' and 'are slowly figuring it out' in the same sentence isn't a particularly endearing narrative? Just saying'…

    2. Not to be rude CHB, but an as anonymous blog commenter your opinion is worth about 1/1,300th of those 1,300 petition signatures.

      Correction, it's worth even less because you're anonymous. Those petition signers have names. I happen to be one, using my real name. I also commented. I'll take 1,300 people banded together over one anonymous blog troll talking shit any day.

      1. I understand we need a vehicle to attract media on this issue – and I do like the fact the petitions require disclosure (a real name) – but I'd guess if we were a fly on the wall when the Senator was advised of the petition and someone read 'the demand' to him that he laughed out loud.  If the petition had garnered 916,245 signatures he'd laughed even louder.  

        It's once again a 'math' problem, starting with the number '4': He isn't up for re-election. He'll tow the McConnell line until further advised, whether or not a majority of Coloradans disagree with his position. 

          1. I changed 'undoubtedly' to "indubitably" and neglected to change the first letter…but now that I look at it I kind of like it …"Undubitably, my dear Watson"…yeah that works…

            1. That's my philosophy, Duke. When I can't find the word I want, I make one. My wife and I do it all the time. After 30 years we practically have our own language.

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