Denver Post editorial board says Gardner endorsement was 'mistake'

Denver Post editorial board says Gardner endorsement was 'mistake'
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The Denver Post editorial board berated Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerDemocrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment Senate Republicans confident they'll win fight on witnesses Tensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum MORE (R-Colo.) Thursday, saying its endorsement of him was a “mistake.”

The op-ed was in response to Gardner’s vote against a Senate resolution blocking President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid was tied to investigations Former senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Title, release date revealed for Bolton memoir MORE’s national emergency declaration to allocate billions in federal funds to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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“Gardner has been too busy walking a political tight rope to be a leader. He has become precisely what we said in our endorsement he would not be: ‘a political time-server interested only in professional security,’” the editorial board wrote. “Trump’s declaration is an abuse of his power, a direct overturning of Congress’ deliberate decision to pass a federal budget without funding for a wall.” 

“Put simply this is a constitutional crisis and one of Colorado’s two senators has failed the test,” the paper added. “We no longer know what principles guide the senator and regret giving him our support in a close race against Mark UdallMark Emery UdallDemocrats will win back the Senate majority in 2020, all thanks to President Trump Poll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE.” 

Gardner is one of the Democrats' top targets heading into the 2020 election cycle, as they hope to capitalize on Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP senator says idea that Ukraine interfered in US election is 'not a conspiracy theory' Cotton: Democrats are 'upset that their witnesses haven't said what they want them to say' Trump's troubles won't end with a Senate acquittal MORE’s victory in The Centennial State in 2016. Though the Colorado Republican often touts his bipartisanship, Gardner votes with Trump over 90 percent of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight

The Denver Post said they are not fully giving up hope on Gardner, saying he could still try to put country over party. 

“Gardner could still prove to be a great senator for Colorado, a man who puts his state and his principles above party and politics. It’s a rare person these days who can take that road. In our endorsement this November of former U.S. Rep. Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanBottom Line Koch political arm endorses Colorado Sen. Gardner 20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform MORE, a Republican from Aurora who was soundly defeated by Rep. Jason CrowJason CrowImpeachment manager dismisses concerns Schiff alienated key Republican votes: 'This isn't about any one person' Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Female impeachment managers say American public know a 'rigged' trial when they see one MORE, we stuck by someone who had shown a willingness to oppose that which he found morally reprehensible in his own party,” the editorial board wrote.