February 24, 2019
Contact: Alvina Vasquez, [email protected]
Gardner celebrates and fundraises for 2020 in DC / Local groups call out hypocrisy
Denver, CO – On Tuesday, February 26, local Coloradans will gather to call attention to Senator Cory Gardner’s campaign kick off and fundraising events taking place in Washington, DC. Senator Gardner has not held a local event in Colorado since the fall of 2017, he has poised himself against Coloradans with his votes against the Affordable Care and for the GOP Tax Bill—so it is no surprise that he is choosing to start his reelection campaign with the wealthy Washington establishment.
In response, actual Coloradans will be holding their own event to call out the Senator’s hypocrisy.
WHO: ProgressNow Colorado, Indivisible Front Range Resistance, Indivisible Denver, JeffCo CAN, The Resistance 5280
WHAT: Cardboard Cory, Balloons, Cake and Giant Card celebrating a not so local affair
WHEN: Tuesday, February 27 2:00PM – 4:00PM
WHERE: 19th Ave & Stout St. Denver, CO
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2254456384835120/?ti=ia
Members of the public are invited to celebrate Gardner’s “Colorado” kickoff with cake, food, balloons, and a giant card where people can write in their statements and questions about the junior senator’s first term in office. Community members will then walk down the block to Gardner’s office in suite 150 of the US Customs House at 721 19th st, to deliver the card, as well as hand-written constituent letters, to Gardner staff.
“It’s been something like 540 days since Cory Gardner last held a scheduled public event here in Colorado. I find that incredible. Don’t you?” asked Katie Farnan, mother of two and member of Indivisible, one of the hosts of the event. “You would think that recent episodes like the ‘national emergency’ or January’s government shutdown would have compelled him to come out, but instead he just sort of posts Facebook videos and poses in pictures with people in small conference rooms discussing very narrow and niche issues. I find that remarkable, given the current state of things.”
Gardner’s last scheduled Colorado appearance inviting members of the public to dialogue with the senator was September 8, 2017, in Grand Junction.
Gardner will appear in Washington, DC on Wednesday, February 27th for his “Campaign Kickoff”, featuring Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a host of other big-name Republican senators. The fundraiser includes a “Season Pass benefits package” for donors who give $2800-$5000 to the campaign. “I would like to know what a ‘Season Pass’ means,” Farnan said. “Do donors get special access to my senator that I don’t get?”