Thursday, March 19, 2015

Con Man Cory is back

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 3:45 PM

click to enlarge Sen. Cory Gardner
  • Sen. Cory Gardner
Do you remember how nasty the 2014 election was? 

Do you at least remember how contentious and verbally messy the race was between incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Rep. Cory Gardner, the Republican challenger who went on the win the Senate race? Well, here's a little reminder. During the race, the liberal group ProgressNow Colorado had a Web site called "Con Man Cory." Basically, it was set up to document all the times that Gardner lied. Or fibbed. Or flip-flopped. Or forgot. (It's all a matter of perspective when it comes to politics, right?)

Udall's failed campaign largely focused on the idea that Republicans were going to try to trample women's reproductive rights if they got into office (which, unsurprisingly given recent history, turned out to be accurate). And Gardner was a tempting target for such attacks because he was listed as a co-sponsor of a federal Personhood bill, but kept insisting that a federal Personhood bill didn't exist. 

Anyway, Gardner has managed to piss off progressives steadily since becoming a senator, most recently by signing a letter to the government of Iran that many found inflammatory and probably not helpful in the ongoing nuclear negotiations with the U.S. 

In response, ProgressNow is breathing new life into that 2014 relic, the "Con Man Cory" web site. I'm sorry, did you think campaign season ended?

ProgressNow Colorado Relaunches Con Man Cory website

Thursday, March 19, 2015
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at 303-870-0448

DENVER: After an enormous response to an action alert to members demanding Sen. Cory Gardner remove his name from a controversial letter to the government of Iran, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, announced the relaunch of their Con Man Cory website from the 2014 campaign in order to hold Gardner accountable going forward.

“In response to intense criticism of his ill-advised letter to Iran undermining American foreign policy, Gardner actually said that he hopes that he can ‘work together’ with the President on the issue,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “In 2014, Gardner earned the nickname ‘Con Man Cory’ for his audacious falsehoods, like claiming ‘there is no federal Personhood bill’ when he was the legislation’s co-sponsor. Judging from this latest incident, Gardner is still intent on playing his con games as a United States Senator.”

In response to numerous queries and suggestions, ProgressNow Colorado is relaunching our website from the 2014 campaign,, to build a record of Gardner’s statements and broken promises for the long term. The public and journalists can find links to all of ProgressNow Colorado’s Gardner action alerts and press releases, and new alerts and news stories as they are released.

“By Gardner’s next election,” said Runyon-Harms, “we’ll have all the proof we need in one spot to hold Gardner accountable for his actions. For the next six years, it’s ProgressNow Colorado’s job to keep tabs on Con Man Cory and to ensure that every time he makes a mistake like the Iran letter, he knows Coloradans are watching.”


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