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Steyer’s climate group hits Gardner on ‘personhood’ support

Steyer’s climate group hits Gardner on ‘personhood’ support
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Billionaire Tom SteyerTom SteyerTop 12 political donors accounted for almost 1 of every 13 dollars raised since 2009: study California Democrats weigh their recall options Why we should be leery of companies entering political fray MORE’s climate change super-PAC is targeting Republican Senate candidate Rep. Cory GardnerCory GardnerBiden administration reverses Trump changes it says 'undermined' conservation program Gardner to lead new GOP super PAC ahead of midterms OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court rules against fast-track of Trump EPA's 'secret science' rule | Bureau of Land Management exodus: Agency lost 87 percent of staff in Trump HQ relocation | GM commits to electric light duty fleet by 2035 MORE (Colo.) for supporting restrictions on abortions and birth control.

The surprising ad from NextGen Climate Action, which has focused on making climate change a priority in the midterms, comes as polls show Gardner pulling ahead of 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.).

At issue in the ad is Gardner's support of a so-called “personhood” measure, which would give legal rights to a fertilized human egg, effectively outlawing abortion and some forms of birth control.

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The ad, titled “Deception II,” slams Gardner for backing a personhood initiative in Colorado, along with a federal measure. It accuses him of misleading voters over his stance.

Gardner said in June that he changed his mind on the state initiative after listening to voters, and says a federal personhood bill does not exist.

In the ad, NextGen says Gardner is a co-sponsor of the Life at Conception Act, which groups like Factcheck.org consider a “personhood bill.”

“Though Congressman Gardner claims to prioritize women’s health, his record indicates the opposite,” said Abby Leeper, spokeswoman for NextGen Climate Colorado. 

“He’s led an eight year crusade to ban abortions and common forms of birth control. Gardner can try to deceive voters and run from his record but history doesn’t lie. He’s not the leader Colorado families deserve,” Leeper added.

The ad, which will start running in the Colorado Springs and Denver markets, isn’t the first time NextGen has targeted voters on issues other than global warming.

The group’s ad buy comes with fewer than two weeks before Election Day. A recent poll found Gardner with a 6-percentage-point lead over Udall, whom NextGen Climate supports.