Coloradans have been pleading for a chance to interface with their evasive Junior Senator for some time now. Tactics have gotten pretty creative: There were the "missing" fliers
; the cardboard Cory campaign
; and the days-long stakeout
of his Denver office that ended in arrest (and national media attention
.) All to no avail.
Now, a day after a heated telephone-only town hall
, Sen. Cory Gardner's office announced he'll be appearing at an in-person town hall. Here's the catch: it's tomorrow and it's six hours away.
According to the press release
, Gardner will tour the Gold King Mine — the site of a 2015 wastewater spill — with fellow Republican Congressman Scott Tipton and Democrats Senator Michael Bennet and Governor John Hickenlooper, before sitting down for an update and question-and-answer session. That'll take place at the La Plata County Administration Building Board Room in Durango (1101 E. 2nd Ave) at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. The two Senators, at least, may also do some self-congratulating
for having supported a Department of Transportation program that recently awarded La Plata County a grant for highway construction.
Coloradopolitics.com reports that new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will be on the site tour
too, but he's not on the town hall roster even though residents in communities affected by the chemical contamination — which the EPA admits to causing — are still anxious about restoration efforts. There are also various lawsuits
(three against the EPA and one against the State of Colorado) pending.
No doubt that topic is an important one, but it's not the big one of the moment: health care. Three times in recent weeks, Gardner voted for versions of Senate Republicans' "repeal and replace"
legislation, despite public intimations about being on the fence.
Want him to explain himself? You may have to start driving now.