Where’s Sen. Cory Gardner? Nowhere Near Darryl Glenn!

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: As the Denver Post’s John Frank reports:

Gardner campaigned in recent weeks for Roy Blunt in Missouri, Ron Johnson in Wisconsin, Marco Rubio in Florida and Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania. But his absence from the Colorado campaign trail is drawing notice — notably in the U.S. Senate race, where Republican Darryl Glenn is being overpowered by Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet.

“Cory Gardner’s absence in Colorado, while he travels the country helping embattled incumbents, shows that GOP leadership in Colorado has abandoned Darryl Glenn and given up on the idea of a victory on November 8,” said Chris Meagher, a Democratic Party spokesman.

The liberal blog Colorado Pols added to the bonfire: “There’s no question that Gardner (stumping) for Glenn would help a candidate who needs all the help he can get.”


Today with only two weeks remaining in the 2016 general election season, Colorado’s top-ranking Republican lawmaker Sen. Cory Gardner is hard on the campaign trail…in Pennsylvania:


That’s Senator Gardner, campaigning today on behalf of Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Pat Toomey in Blair County, Pennsylvania. Last week, Gardner was in Missouri with Sen. Tom Cotton to boost the embattled campaign of Sen. Roy Blunt:


After swinging through Missouri, Gardner traveled to Florida to boost his friend Sen. “Marcomentum” Rubio:


With Sen. Gardner winging his way around the nation to help out the campaigns of threatened Republican incumbents, the obvious question presents itself: why isn’t Gardner campaigning on behalf of Colorado’s U.S. Senate nominee, Darryl Glenn? There’s no question that Gardner stumping for Glenn would help a candidate who needs all the help he can get.

Now, this is not to say that Glenn is getting zero support in his race. Sen. Ted Cruz is traveling to Colorado tomorrow to stump for Glenn, and given Cruz’s dominance of the presidential caucus process in this state that is not insubstantial support–at least for a candidate still struggling to win over his own Republican base as Glenn is. But the overall absence of Gardner from Glenn’s campaign says much more about the realistic assessment of Republican leadership about Glenn prospects than anything else we’ve seen.

That and the poll numbers, of course! Perhaps this is all that’s left for the GOP in 2016: opportunists salvaging what they can, and unqualified eccentrics going down with the ship? By 2020, though, some conservatives in Colorado might recall bitterly that Gardner kept Glenn at arm’s length in 2016 when Glenn needed him most.

10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    Interesting and weird.

    Governor Mike Pence
    ​Colorado Springs Event Center 7:00 PM
    Governor Mike Pence will hold a rally at the Colorado Springs Event Center.

    Get out the vote! Park Hill Rally with Sen. Ted Cruz
    Please join Sen. Ted Cruz, Congressman Ken Buck and Darryl Glenn on for a Get Out the Vote Rally in Park Hill, Denver, Colorado
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM (MDT)

    No mention on Darryl's website of the Springs Event


  2. JohnInDenver says:

    Does anyone else think it odd that these pictures have ALL males in them? I know the Republicans have alienated some females this election, but 100% male in 3 pictures?? I guess, to be fair, the face in the background of the 3rd photo COULD be female.

    • mamajama55 says:

      The women will be out for a photo op with Cory as soon as the kitchen and bathrooms are clean, the kids are tucked in, and the women have done their conjugal duties. So, never.

      • FrankUnderwood says:

        Or they could have enlisted the help of Trump, Gingrich and Giuliani's incumbent and former wives to pose in photo ops. That would get them up to eight. And where are Caribou Barbie, Ann Coulter and Laura Ingram when they are really needed?

  3. Majority Moderate says:

    Give Cory credit – he's no dummy.

    He doesn't want to be anywhere near Darryl's upcoming historic loss!

  4. Nasty Woman says:

    Perhaps he has no clue where Colorado is after living in D.C.?  Pennsylvania is north of D.C, Florida is south and Missouri is where he got lost.

    He does travel a lot around the world too. Maybe that got his compass messed up about returning to support the black guy (who wants to be a republican) who is running as Trump’s best man.

    • Duke Cox says:

      Cory will always do whatever is likely to prolong his lucrative political career. Darryl Glenn is a ship going down…Cory will do what rats tend to do…

    • mamajama55 says:

      yesIn case nobody’s said it yet, welcome to Pols, Nasty.

      • Nasty Woman says:

        Thank you.  But I've been around for a while (2004).  You can change your nickname in your profile.  I only changed it in the past as my life changed.  Each nickname an important reflection of my life at that time. 

        This time the floater in the bowl with the orange rat on his head made the case for all women to go by Nasty Woman.  Maybe after the election I will go back to one of the old nicknames, or with HRC elected all of will be in need of a new name.

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