Gardner Didn’t Return Survivors Call For Four Days, Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Already Spent on “Horrifying” NRSC Ad Still On Air

Gardner Didn’t Return Survivors Call For Four Days, Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Already Spent on “Horrifying” NRSC Ad Still On Air

Gardner Didn’t Reply to Inquiries About the Ad Running on His Behalf for Nearly A Week

Erin Martinez: “After talking to him, I wonder if he really understands the harm the ad has inflicted”

Denver, CO – After hundreds of thousands of dollars spent and four days of calls to Senator Cory Gardner from Erin Martinez, the survivor of a deadly home explosion that killed her brother and husband, Gardner “finally” broke his silence on the “horrifying” ad that “disgraces” the memory of Martinez’s loved ones. Despite Martinez publicly “begging” Gardner to condemn the ad, it is still running on TV, and Martinez is left wondering “if [Gardner] really understands the harm the ad has inflicted.” 

After taking four days to return Martinez’s call, Gardner still owes her and Coloradans answers:

  1. Despite Martinez’s calls for the “horrifying” ad to come down immediately, why did Gardner wait another four days to return the survivor’s call? 
  1. Why did Gardner wait until hundreds of thousands of dollars had been spent on that ad before commenting — and then claim he did not have the power to get it taken down?
  2. Why is Gardner still accepting NRSC support if they refuse to take down the ad?

9News fact checked the ad and found claims in the ad that “smell[ed] like sh**.” As Governor, Hickenlooper took swift action ordering inspections of active and abandoned flowlines and the company was ultimately fined $18.25 million.

The ad also fails to mention that Gardner has received maximum donations from the Anadarko’s PAC in the three previous elections. The NRSC has also accepted over $200,000 from the company, including $30,000 when Gardner served as NRSC chair. 

See below for Martinez’s full statement on her call with Gardner:

“While I am glad that Sen. Gardner has finally realized the ad should be taken down, I am sorry that it has taken him and his staff more than four days to respond to my phone call and request for some relief for my family,” Martinez said in a statement this week. “Our family’s trauma should not be the subject of a horrible political ad. We have worked very hard to create a positive legacy for my husband Mark and my brother Joey to ensure no one relives our nightmare.”

“Sen. Gardner underestimates his power to have the ad taken down if he publicly speaks forcefully to make it happen. After talking to him, I wonder if he really understands the harm the ad has inflicted.”

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