Release: Cory Gardner Has to Answer for Jeff Sessions

Thursday, January 4, 2017
CONTACT: Ian Silverii, Executive Director at

DENVER: As news broke Thursday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will rescind the federal policy that has allowed numerous states including Colorado to legalize and tax the sale of marijuana, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online advocacy organization, condemned any move by the federal government to damage Colorado’s economy—and Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado’s vote to confirm Sessions as Attorney General.

“Jeff Sessions’ announcement that he’s declaring war on legal marijuana is another broken promise from Sen. Cory Gardner, who said this wouldn’t happen after he voted to confirm Sessions,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Ian Silverii. “Gardner promised he would protect Coloradans’ health care, then voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act and later to reduce the insured population in Colorado by hundreds of thousands. Gardner promised to protect 90,000 Colorado kids enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program, then put tax cuts for the rich ahead of those kids. Gardner voted to protect Colorado’s air, then voted to repeal the federal Methane Rule. The list of Gardner’s broken promises goes on and on, and now Gardner will have to answer for his vote to give Jeff Sessions the power to hurt Colorado’s economy.”

“Cory Gardner wants to avoid accountability for Jeff Sessions, but, more than any other politician in Colorado, he is responsible for Sessions holding the office of Attorney General,” said Silverii. “Whatever Sessions does next is Gardner’s responsibility whether he likes it or not.”