NextGen hits Gardner on climate change, abortion rights

NextGen Climate, led by billionaire environmental activist Tom SteyerTom SteyerYouth voting organization launches M registration effort in key battlegrounds Overnight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline MORE, released a TV advertisement Tuesday criticizing Rep. Cory GardnerCory GardnerColorado remap plan creates new competitive district Protecting the outdoors: Three cheers for America's best idea Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm MORE’s (R-Colo.) positions on climate change and abortion rights.

It’s the first ad in the Colorado Senate race, in which Gardner is running to unseat Sen. Mark UdallMark Emery UdallKennedy apologizes for calling Haaland a 'whack job' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Haaland courts moderates during tense confirmation hearing | GOP's Westerman looks to take on Democrats on climate change | White House urges passage of House public lands package Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' MORE (D-Colo.)


“He thinks he knows better than the scientists, NASA and the U.S. military on climate change,” the ad’s voiceover said, referring to Gardner’s belief that humans are not causing the climate to change, in contrast with major government agencies. 

“He led an eight-year crusade that would outlaw birth control and make abortion a felony crime,” the ad says. Gardner supports legislation to define life as beginning at conception, which would outlaw abortion and could ban some forms of contraception.

The ad also hits Gardner’s opposition to same-sex marriage.

“As an elected official, Gardner has relentlessly tried to impose his extreme views to reduce or stop the funding of science research on climate change and to interfere on women’s health issues to the point where he would have made abortion a felony,” Abby Leeper, a spokeswoman for NextGen, said in a statement.

“Congressman Gardner’s voting record is outside the mainstream in Colorado, and NextGen Climate will continue to point that out through the election.”   

The ad is part of Steyer’s goal to spend $100 million in the midterm elections to support pro-environment candidates. NextGen spokesman Bobby Whithorne said it will air the ad for several weeks in the Denver and Colorado Springs markets, but he declined to say how much the group is spending.