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 GardnerSenate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Finger-pointing, gridlock spark frustration in Senate Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad 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 CoffmanColorado governor directs officials to reexamine death of Elijah McClain in police custody Petition demanding justice for Elijah McClain surpasses 2 million signatures Ethics controversy rattles Hickenlooper's Senate bid MORE (R), who lost his seat to Rep. Jason CrowJason CrowBipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to limit further expansion of 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force Some in Congress want to keep sending our troops to Afghanistan Celebrating our freedoms and counting all military votes this November 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 CornynLincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad Chamber of Commerce endorses Cornyn for reelection George Floyd and the upcoming Texas Democratic Senate runoff MORE (Texas) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisSenate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations MORE (N.C.).