Koch political arm endorses Colorado Sen. Gardner

Koch political arm endorses Colorado Sen. Gardner
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Americans for Prosperity (AFP) Action, the political wing of billionaire mega-donor Charles Koch's network, endorsed vulnerable Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerCongress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 jitters hit both parties in the Senate Republicans form conservation caucus to take on environment, climate change MORE (R-Colo.) for reelection on Tuesday.

In an op-ed in The Colorado Sun, AFP Action Senior Adviser Jesse Mallory touted Garner's bipartisanship on issues like immigration.

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"Faced with a stalemate among Congress, the White House and the federal courts over the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program that protected undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children, sometimes referred to as 'Dreamers,' Gardner took a substantial political risk," wrote Mallory.

Gardner, the former chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is a prime target for Democrats, who control every other major statewide office in Colorado.

His stance on immigration is similar to that of former Colorado Rep. Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanKoch political arm endorses Colorado Sen. Gardner 20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform Denver Post editorial board says Gardner endorsement was 'mistake' MORE (R), who lost his seat to Rep. Jason CrowJason CrowKatherine Clark quietly eyes leadership ascent Senators offer bill to protect small businesses from cyberattacks GOP scores procedural win by securing more funding to enforce Iran sanctions MORE (D) in 2018.

AFP Action is a vocal supporter of permanent legal status for Dreamers, particularly through the Libre Initiative, its Hispanic-oriented grass-roots organization.

Gardner has also supported marijuana legalization, criminal justice reform and limitations on presidential tariff authority.

In a memo earlier this month, Americans for Prosperity CEO Emily Seidel said the group was open to endorsing Democrats or independents for the 2020 cycle.

So far, apart from Gardner, AFP Action has endorsed two other GOP senators, John CornynJohn CornynGOP struggles to find backup plan for avoiding debt default Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand On The Money: Mnuchin warns US could hit debt limit in early September | Acosta out as Labor chief | Trump pitches trade deal in Wisconsin | FTC reportedly settles with Facebook for B fine MORE (Texas) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisOvernight Defense: House approves 3 billion defense bill | Liberal sweeteners draw progressive votes | Bill includes measure blocking Trump from military action on Iran Senators urge Trump to sanction Turkey for accepting Russian missile shipment The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic infighting threatens 2020 unity MORE (N.C.).