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 GardnerTariffs threaten 1.5M jobs: Study This week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Progressive veterans group launches campaign labeling Trump as a 'national security threat' 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 CoffmanBottom Line Koch political arm endorses Colorado Sen. Gardner 20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform MORE (R), who lost his seat to Rep. Jason CrowJason CrowBill introduced to give special immigrant visas to Kurds who helped US in Syria Congress set for showdown with Trump over Kurds Bipartisan lawmakers who visited Syrian border slam Trump's 'rash decision' 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 senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Overnight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Senate GOP waves Trump off early motion to dismiss impeachment charges MORE (Texas) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Progressive veterans group launches campaign labeling Trump as a 'national security threat' Trump rules out total rollback of Chinese tariffs MORE (N.C.).