Mark Udall’s horrible, no good, very bad week in Colorado

posted at 5:31 pm on July 19, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

We’ve been keeping a close eye on the Senate race out in Colorado this summer, and a seat which at one time seemed like a bit of a stretch for the GOP is beginning to look more and more like a possible 2014 hope and change story for Republicans. Senator Mark Udall has found himself in the political fight of his life against Cory Gardner, and the latest round of news coming out this week certainly hasn’t improved his outlook on life. Stu Rothenberg has slid the race closer to toss-up territory, noting that Gardner is one of the best candidates in the nation this year and finished the most recent finance reporting period with more than $3M in the bank. That’s a fairly significant assessment, given that many analysts didn’t even have this race on their radar a few months ago and Obama carried the state twice.

Udall’s spirits were probably not much improved when he found out that Quinnipiac not only has the race as a tie now, but put his own approval rating at record lows.

The closely-watched U.S. Senate race is tied with 44 percent for U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, the Republican challenger, and 42 percent for Sen. Mark Udall, the Democratic incumbent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Another 10 percent are undecided.

This compares to the results of an April 24 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University showing Sen. Udall at 45 percent to 44 percent for Rep. Gardner.

Today, Udall leads 86 – 5 percent among Democrats, while Republicans go to Gardner 85 – 5 percent. Independent voters go 43 percent for Udall and 40 percent for Gardner.

Colorado voters give Udall a negative 42 – 46 percent job approval rating, his lowest net approval ever and down from a 42 – 42 percent split in April. Voters say 49 – 40 percent that Udall does not deserve to be reelected, tying his lowest score on that measure.

Udall gets a slightly negative 40 – 43 percent favorability, compared to Gardner’s slightly positive 34 – 31 percent score.

Part of this may stem from the fact that Udall has tried to play it both ways on energy issues, leading the NRSC to ask if he’s just a fracking liar.

Udall and Polis share views outside the mainstream when it comes to energy development. Udall has long been in the pocket of radical environmental groups who want to dismantle Colorado’s energy industry. In fact, just yesterday, Polis reiterated that he and Udall remain on the same page when it comes to the underlying issue of fracking.

Colorado is hardly deep red territory, but they are most certainly ready for an improvement on the jobs front, and energy independence is at the front of that debate. Gardner is offering a positive vision to voters on these subjects, while Udall has been exposed as trying to sit on the fence while siding with the President on the fracking question back in Washington.

Yes, it was a bad week, but with any luck he won’t get as much bad news in August. After all, he’ll be on vacation. How much more damage could he do?


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A vote for a Dem equals a vote for Socialism.

Govern yourselves accordingly, CO.

Key West Reader on July 19, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Oops, oh and Bishop. I hate being first. Blah.

Key West Reader on July 19, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Now for that tool Bennett…

Joe Mama on July 19, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Meh. Colorado voters will hold their noses and vote for the death/illegal immigration/gay-boy/union party.

HiJack on July 19, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Comment about weed coming in 3…2…1

Good. May this evil man Udall go down into obscurity.

22044 on July 19, 2014 at 5:46 PM

What do we know about Gardner?

Midas on July 19, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Udall must go! Here in Colorado, we can and must do better. When he voted against the pipeline from Canada (more than once), that was it for me.

francesca on July 19, 2014 at 5:59 PM

A vote for a Dem equals a vote for Socialism.

Govern yourselves accordingly, CO.

Key West Reader on July 19, 2014 at 5:38 PM

The problem is this is an election for the US Senate. It’s not just CO he’ll be helping to govern.

GWB on July 19, 2014 at 6:02 PM

(title) Mark Udall’s horrible, no good, very bad week in Colorado

Jazz Shaw on July 19, 2014 at 5:31 PM

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No sympathy here.

listens2glenn on July 19, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Given the way Democrats are catering to ILLEGAL aliens invading our southern border, why would any American Citizen vote for any Democrat at the Federal, State, or Local level ever again?

The Democrat Party needs to be voted out of existence in November!

wren on July 19, 2014 at 6:06 PM

What do we know about Gardner?

Midas on July 19, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Here is a link to Cory Gardner’s campaign website, where you can learn more about him.

http://corygardnerforsenate.com/

If you like what you see, do what you can to help Cory Gardner’s campaign for U.S. Senate.

wren on July 19, 2014 at 6:10 PM

A vote for a Dem equals a vote for Socialism.

Govern yourselves accordingly, CO.

Key West Reader on July 19, 2014 at 5:38 PM

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The problem is this is an election for the US Senate. It’s not just CO he’ll be helping to govern.

GWB on July 19, 2014 at 6:02 PM

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Maybe Cory Gardner should start shouting as loud as he can, from the (Colorado) MOUNTAINTOPS ;

“Government oversight, regulation and social programs aren’t the solution to the problem … government oversight, regulation and social programs ARE the problem.

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Are you listening, RNC ? … ARE YA” ?

listens2glenn on July 19, 2014 at 6:14 PM

“There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.” ~~ Mark Twain

RedPepper on July 19, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Udall has been using the “war on women” card against Cory. Seems it’s not too successful.

he’s a lying leftist. Hope he loses.

cat_owner on July 19, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Of course he wants to end Robertobamacare, strong on gun rights, energy…

This is from his House website on immigration:

The solution to the problem isn’t for the Justice Department to file a taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the Governor of Arizona for responding to a law enforcement crisis. It isn’t giving amnesty to the 12-20 million illegal immigrants in this country, or giving those people benefits that will only encourage more illegal immigration.

The time has come to enforce the rule of law and end illegal immigration. To that end, I will support legislation that ensures employers only hire people who are here legally and that guest workers are here temporarily. The technology exists to accomplish this in a sensible way, and it is time that we implement that technology.

I’ve heard him on Hewitt a couple of times; he’s articulate, doesn’t sound like a pol, comes across as very conservative.

I’d be careful trusting what the Denver Post has to say about him…they “tend” liberal

EastofEden on July 19, 2014 at 6:53 PM

maybe the @NRSC should release it’s Racist Baiting Ads on Senator Udall, they worked so well in Mississippi that only someone unethical would support the National Republican Senate Committee

mathewsjw on July 19, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Bumper sticker on a Boulder Volvo: get the frack out of Colorado.

Denver metroplex 2nd in country for smog.

Sting on July 19, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Yes, it was a bad week, but with any luck he (Udall) won’t get as much bad news in August.

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My emphasis added.
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This statement has to be sarcasm, right? Right?

ExpressoBold on July 19, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Went to a Republican fundraiser this afternoon in Summit County. I’ve started writing my checks. Wrote one and gave it to Polis’ opponent for 2nd congressional district. Going to write one for Gardner and Beauprez. Gardner is a fabulous candidate for those outside (and in) Colorado who don’t know him.

COgirl on July 19, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Colorado needs Wayne Allard back.

Judge_Dredd on July 19, 2014 at 7:21 PM

This POS calls the Insurance Commissioner Of Colorado and try’s to intimidate and
extort her into changing downward her count of the number of Coloradans who were kicked
off their insurance because of that abortion OBAMACARE.

When she refused and validated that her numbers were correct, this CHICAGO THUG understudy
had that women moved, to another “Opportunity” by that little Marxist pandering prick
Hickenlooper! Who, if you didn’t notice, had his nose so far up the Moose Limb Manchurian Marxist
Candidate’s ass, I was sure, had Hussein made a quick shift while shooting pool, it would have
snapped “Dickenlooper’s” nose clean off!

Deacon on July 19, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Key West Reader on July 19, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Except in the Mississippi senate race. Send Thad Home!!!!! Where ever that is.

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM

…the dems will pass out free weed at the polls…on voting day!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 19, 2014 at 8:01 PM

“Help a fellow traveler Brian Williams !!!

… and any free advertising from PBS & NPR would be welcome, too.”

Luv,

Mark Udall

viking01 on July 19, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Except in the Mississippi senate race. Send Thad Home!!!!! Where ever that is.

Cindy Munford on July 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Forest Lawn is probably close enough….

viking01 on July 19, 2014 at 8:07 PM

COgirl on July 19, 2014 at 7:19 PM

That’s good to hear.

cat_owner on July 19, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Never trust anyone with bushy grey eye brows.

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percysunshine on July 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Never trust anyone with bushy grey eye brows.

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percysunshine on July 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Captain Kangaroo was a monster. Mr. Greenjeans did an expose back it the day. I think he mentioned the eyebrows as being scary.

Mimzey on July 19, 2014 at 9:49 PM

At least one Udall has to go!

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Udall has to go. It’s hard enough when our state legislature is controlled by left-wing hardcore fanatics. It’s even harder when our the governor tells the annual sherrifs meeting that he only signed a useless gun control bill into law because one of his staffers had said publicly that he would! Then Obama came to Denver to hold another of his neverending fund-raisers (for Udall, no less), and Udall stayed in DC to avoid being seen with the Leper-in-Chief. Gardner represents an opportunity for the Colorado independents (me) to make a statement. Namely, get rid of at least one of the two representatives we have in the Senate that collectively aren’t worth two farts in a windstorm. Keep your ears to the ground out there…we may have a little surprise for the democrats come November. It’s a tall order but we’re going to give it our best.

abester on July 19, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Hmm..”our governor” and “sheriffs”. Type slower, abe.

abester on July 19, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Udall will be re-elected in Calirado.

vnvet on July 20, 2014 at 10:38 AM

His anodyne ads make me puke. Down with political dynasties. Off with their heads if that’s what it takes. Go away. Get a real job.

bour3 on July 20, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Energy is huge in Colorado. Home values in my area (40 miles from Cheyenne, WY and 30 miles from Greeley, CO) have gone up quite a bit and selling in one day. Both areas are drilling on private land. The Western slope would like to have drilling start up again on the BLM, and that will play out in the 2016 election. Polis is a political hack and terrible for Colorado. If we could only pack up and ship Boulder to California. Cory can win!

lea on July 20, 2014 at 6:18 PM