In what came as a bit of a surprise in political circles, the Denver Post editorial board on Friday endorsed Republican Rep. Cory Gardner over Democrat incumbent Senator Mark Udall in the Colorado Senate race.
Seeing a need for “fresh leadership, energy and ideas,” the Post decided that “rising star” Cory Gardner is the person who can help provide them in the U.S. Senate.
The best part of the endorsement comes when the paper slams Mark “Uterus” Udall for waging “an obnoxious one issue campaign,” signalling the end of #WarOnWomen rhetoric as an effective Democrat political strategy.
Udall is a fine man with good intentions, and on some issues our views are closer to his than to Gardner’s. But he is not perceived as a leader in Washington and, with rare exceptions such as wind energy and intelligence gathering, he is not at the center of the issues that count — as his Democratic colleague, Sen. Michael Bennet, always seems to be.
Rather than run on his record, Udall’s campaign has devoted a shocking amount of energy and money trying to convince voters that Gardner seeks to outlaw birth control despite the congressman’s call for over-the-counter sales of contraceptives. Udall is trying to frighten voters rather than inspire them with a hopeful vision. His obnoxious one-issue campaign is an insult to those he seeks to convince.
I would argue that a fine, well-intentioned man wouldn’t be running an “obnoxious”, deceptive campaign that insults the intelligence of women. But otherwise – it’s a solid piece.
The Denver Post, which is generally perceived to be a moderate to left of center paper, endorsed Democrat incumbent John Hickenlooper for governor, last week. Hickenlooper is in a tight race with Republican former congressman, Bob Beauprez.