Sen. Mark UdallMark UdallColorado GOP Senate race to unseat Dem incumbent is wide open Energy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium MORE’s (D-Colo.) campaign is looking to make Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a liability for his Republican opponent, Rep. Cory GardnerCory GardnerColorado GOP Senate race to unseat Dem incumbent is wide open Overnight Defense: Senate rejects new FBI surveillance powers | Brexit vote looms | Push for new military aid deal with Israel Senators push vote to condemn Russia's 'reckless actions' MORE (R) in the race.
“As we showed earlier this month, understanding Gardner's long history of supporting gridlock "is as simple as looking at his record in Congress, where he consistently aligns himself with his party’s most obstinate members,’” Udall spokesman James Owens writes.
“Would Gardner seek to continue his legacy of gridlock in the U.S. Senate?”
A Udall aide said the campaign is questioning whether Gardner will back McConnell for GOP caucus leader if elected. But they’ll continue to hammer the theme regardless of his answer, in an attempt to paint Gardner as too extreme for Colorado.
They say Gardner was part of the push to defund ObamaCare that led to the government shutdown, and charge he’s “obstructed” immigration reform.
And the McConnell focus offers them a new avenue for attacks. McConnell has polled as one of the nation’s most unpopular senators, and he’s become an issue for Republicans locked in primary fights already this cycle, as he’s unpopular with both the GOP base and more centrist voters.
The charge that McConnell is a "guardian of gridlock" is one that's been lobbed frequently by the senator's Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, and it seems Democrats believe it may be potent outside of the Bluegrass State
Though Colorado's a purple state that's gone Democratic the last two presidential cycles, polling has shown Udall to be vulnerable, with Gardner running low single-digits behind him.