DENVER POST ADDENDUM: “Cory Gardner, The Great Pretender, Can Fool Moderate Coloradans No More”

DENVER POST ADDENDUM: “Cory Gardner, The Great Pretender, Can Fool Moderate Coloradans No More”

After endorsing Hickenlooper, The Denver Post editorial page editor writes that “there isn’t a single good reason a moderate or independent Colorado voter should support” Gardner

Denver, CO The Denver Post’s editorial page editor Megan Schrader took Senator Cory Gardner to task in a new column, “Cory Gardner, the great pretender, can fool moderate Coloradans no more,” slamming the junior senator for his crusade against the Affordable Care Act, his anti-environmental votes, and his refusal to stand up to President Trump’s reckless — and possibly unconstitutional — actions. 

Despite Gardner’s attempts to deceive voters, Schrader concludes that “there isn’t a single good reason a moderate or independent Colorado voter should support a senator who has proven to be a great pretender at representing their interests but has betrayed them time and time again.”

The Denver Post editorial board recently endorsed John Hickenlooper, roasting Gardner for his allegiance to Trump and writing that he “had many opportunities to oppose the administration’s ‘burn it down’ approach to governance. Instead, he joined the enablers who turned a blind eye to Trump’s corruption.” Last year, the Denver Post editorial board rescinded their 2014 Gardner endorsement, saying that it was a “mistake” as he “has become precisely what we said in our endorsement he would not be: ‘a political time-server interested only in professional security.’” 

Read the highlights below or the full column HERE.

Denver Post: Schrader: Cory Gardner, the great pretender, can fool moderate Coloradans no more
By Megan Schrader, Editorial Page Editor | October 23, 2020

  • Gardner hoodwinked me for years. I’ve wasted some ink defending my fellow Coloradan — one of the editorials I wrote for The Denver Post was used in a campaign ad for Gardner. And I feel added responsibility, with the election underway, to take a look back at the votes Gardner has cast when he had no place to hide his true allegiances.
  • In 2017, Gardner was forced to cast a vote on whether oil and gas companies should be allowed to vent and flare methane, owned by Americans and extracted from federal land, into the atmosphere. The methane rules prevented companies from wasting precious natural resources, releasing a potent greenhouse gas and skirting royalties owed to taxpayers on the wasted gases.
  • Gardner voted with the oil and gas industry. Then he had the gall to pretend that he hadn’t made up his mind but only voted to continue debate on the issue. It was other Republican senators’ good conscience that protected the Methane Waste Prevention Rule.
  • I’m no leave-it-in-the-ground proponent, but I’m also not a vent-it-into the air advocate, and I wouldn’t have expected Gardner to be one either. Absent an explanation from the senator, I can only point out that Gardner has accepted money from corporate PACs funded by the oil and gas industry for years.
  • Also in 2017, Gardner voted twice to repeal the Affordable Care Act, without any type of a replacement on the table, in the works or even lingering in the air. No matter how many times Gardner said “repeal and replace” on the campaign trail in 2015 — I covered the election, it was often — he can’t escape the fact that in six years he has never articulated a viable replacement.
  • Let’s review how Gardner pretended to care about protecting Coloradan’s access to health insurance, only to turn heel on his principles and vote against our interests.
  • Then Gardner didn’t voice opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill that would have cut Medicaid to Colorado by an untold amount of money (the Congressional Budget Office hadn’t completed its analysis of the bill before senators voted on it). The bill would have forced states to make tough decisions about who to keep on Medicaid, who to kick off, and what health care coverage to eliminate. In essence, Republicans in Congress were too cowardly to make those cuts themselves and would have passed a bill that forced states to deal with the fall-out from their proposed cuts… It was an extraordinarily bad bill that would have done the exact thing that Gardner said he wanted to prevent in a toothless letter that sounded good to constituents. It was vocal opposition from moderate Republicans in other states that prevented a vote on the bill. Where was Gardner?
  • Finally, Gardner refused to protect Congress’ power of the purse…But Gardner then refused to prevent Trump from ripping congressionally appropriated funds from the Department of Defense for his pet project using a sham emergency declaration.
  • But there isn’t a single good reason a moderate or independent Colorado voter should support a senator who has proven to be a great pretender at representing their interests but has betrayed them time and time again.

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