Thursday, October 23nd, 2014
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at 303-870-0448

DENVER: The San Diego Chargers are in town today to take on the Denver Broncos in a big AFC West match up. As Denver welcomes Philip Rivers, Manti Te’o and the rest of the San Diego Chargers to Colorado, ProgressNow Colorado would like to remind Coloradans about catfishing–the phenomenon of a person pretending to be someone they are not by fabricating an identity to lure someone into a relationship by means of a fictional persona.

The most famous instance of catfishing happened in January, 2013, when it came to light that then-Notre Dame linebacker and Heisman Trophy finalist Manti Te’o’s relationship with his girlfriend–who died during the season–had all been fake.

“Colorado currently has our own catfishing scandal. US Senate candidate Cory Gardner has created a fake persona of his own with the goal of duping Colorado voters into a romance at the ballot box. His cons include supporting a federal Personhood bill that he claims doesn’t exist, false claims that over-the-counter birth control would save women money, lies about his role in last year’s government shutdown and his giant fib about supporting Colorado’s green-energy economy that turned out to be completely false,” said Amy Runyon-Harms, executive director of ProgressNow Colorado.

ProgressNow Colorado is calling attention to Cory Gardner’s catfishing attempt today by launching the website, In addition, from 11:00am – 1:00pm, a plane will fly over Denver pulling a “Cory Gardner is Catfishing Colorado” banner. Later, outside Sports Authority Field at Mile High before the Broncos football game, ProgressNow Colorado will be there in a pedicab with palm cards and San Diego Chargers and Manti Te’o fan Flat Con Man Cory Gardner.

“We hear Cory Gardner is backing Philip Rivers for MVP. We hear Cory Gardner has actually met Manti Te’o’s girlfriend. We even hear Cory Gardner thinks San Diego has more days of sunshine than Colorado,” says Amy Runyon-Harms, ProgressNow Colorado’s executive director. “We’re having a little fun about catfishing at the San Diego Chargers’s expense. But when it comes to catfishing the voters of Colorado, that’s actually no laughing matter. Voters need to know the truth about Cory Gardner, and they can by going to today.”