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 Gardner The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Bolton returns to political group after exiting administration The Hill's Morning Report — Trump's hurricane forecast controversy won't go away 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 CrowOvernight Defense: Trump ousts Bolton in shocker | Fallout, reaction from GOP senators | Senate spending talks in chaos | Dems eye vote to nix Trump border emergency Swing-seat Democrats oppose impeachment, handing Pelosi leverage Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment 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 CornynZuckerberg woos Washington critics during visit Paul objection snags confirmation of former McConnell staffer GOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan MORE (Texas) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisTillis trails Democratic Senate challenger by 2 points: poll Kavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation MORE (N.C.).