Gardner Plans Post Election Getaway to Disney World, Skipping Out on COVID Relief to Entertain His Wealthy Corporate Donors
Morning Consult Poll: Americans believe “Republicans are at fault for inability to reach deal on COVID-19 aid”
Denver, CO – The pandemic is surging across the country, but instead of working to pass urgent pandemic relief Senator Cory Gardner is already planning to take his wealthy corporate PAC donors on a post-election getaway to Disney World. Gardner’s campaign confirmed the plans to the Colorado Sun, who said “it’s an annual event.”
The event will fill the coffers of Gardner’s PAC, which has accepted thousands from big corporations like Koch Industries and Eli Lilly pharmaceuticals. Gardner has taken more than $6 million from corporate PACs, the most of any candidate in Colorado history.
The vacation news comes just days after Gardner and Mitch McConnell prioritized rushing through President Trump’s anti-ACA and anti-choice Supreme Court nominee ahead of delivering comprehensive pandemic aid. A new Morning Consult poll shows that Americans believe “Republicans are at fault for inability to reach deal on COVID-19 aid.”
Over 160 days ago, Gardner said that it would be “unfathomable” for the Senate to leave Washington without further action, but has since let emergency unemployment expire, failed to pass pandemic aid, and stonewalled two comprehensive House-passed pandemic aid packages.
Colorado Democratic Party spokesperson Eli Rosen:
“It’s ‘unfathomable’ that Senator Gardner is planning a Disney World trip to rake in special interest cash for his PAC instead of working tirelessly to get aid to the Coloradans that are fighting for their lives against COVID, struggling to pay rent, and put food on the table. Unfortunately, the Coloradans who have skipped vacations and in-person events to help curb the spread of COVID-19 are accustomed to Gardner prioritizing special interest cash ahead of our needs. In 6 days, Coloradans will send him packing and he can spend all the time he wants on Splash Mountain.”