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In 2010, Rep. Corey Gardner embraced the 'Personhood Amendment'
Republican Congressman Cory Gardner of Colorado is quite a piece of work:
Congressman Cory Gardner, who has been hammered for his position on social issues ever since he jumped into the U.S. Senate race, dropped a political bombshell Friday with his revelation that he was wrong to have supported previous personhood efforts.

He said that after learning more about the measures, which would have had the impact of outlawing abortion, he realized the proposals also could ban certain forms of contraception, a prohibition he does not support. [...] He did not say when he changed his mind on personhood, but said he began examining it more closely after voters rejected it by a 3-to-1 margin in 2010.

"The fact that it restricts contraception, it was not the right position," Gardner said.

Gardner's spin is pretty much an open and shut case of political bull. He bragged about supporting the personhood amendment on the campaign trail in 2010 while seeking the GOP nomination for his House seat, but now that he's running for U.S. Senate he's claiming that if he'd only understood what the proposal would actually do, he never would have supported it.

The thing is, it was obvious at the time that the personhood amendment was an idea only a conservative neanderthal could embrace. That's why three quarters of Colorado voters rejected it at the ballot box, not once, but twice. Heck, even Mississippi voters shot the idea down.

But now, despite being an outspoken proponent of the losing side each time it came up for a vote, Gardner wants people to believe that if he had understood the implications of the personhood amendment, he never would have supported it? Come on. That'd be like someone saying they never would have supported the death penalty if they realized that the death penalty involved executing people. It just doesn't pass the smell test.

Oh, and if Gardner's lame and unconvincing spin sounds familiar to you, maybe it's because in 2010 he flirted with birtherism, ultimately deciding to announce—through his campaign manager—that he believed President Obama was "most likely" a U.S. citizen.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 11:15 AM PDT.

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  •  Their dirty secret: Pro Life = Anti-Contraceptives (21+ / 0-)

    Its a forced birth movement.

    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 11:18:40 AM PDT

  •  Finger in the wind (6+ / 0-)

    ... after previously being inserted where the sun don't shine.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 11:20:19 AM PDT

  •  breaking, (6+ / 0-)

    I believe that Cory Gardner is "most likely" an idiot.

    "when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro"

    by gravlax on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 11:20:22 AM PDT

  •  GOP gaining seats by leaning towards the left. (5+ / 0-)
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    AoT, whl, here4tehbeer, unfangus, Matt Z

    Democrats losing seats by chasing the right.

    Fuck US politics.  We suck at intelligent democracy.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 11:22:30 AM PDT

  •  perhaps he thought it meant certain positions (3+ / 0-)
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    gravlax, Lencialoo, whl
    he realized the proposals also could ban certain forms of contraception

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 11:23:38 AM PDT

  •  Hmmm… Gardner is now actually to the LEFT of (4+ / 0-)
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    Mother Mags, Lencialoo, whl, murrayewv

    Rand Paul.  Paul is for the "personhood amendment" in spite of the ludicrous claims on this blog that Paul has a 'fairly liberal social stance on..women's rights'

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 11:24:21 AM PDT

  •  nopety nope nope nope!! (11+ / 0-)

    his views haven't changed.
    who's he fooling!?!

    it's our job, as democrats, to continually remind the voters
    of these extreme idealogues and to not let them get away with this kinda bullshit

    changing their minds before an upcoming election is pretty transparent
    (even if the election is 8 months away).


    every adult is responsible for every child

    by ridemybike on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 11:29:49 AM PDT

  •  He is "most likely" an asshole. (4+ / 0-)
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    gravlax, Lencialoo, whl, bufffan20

    I wasn't sure until I saw him speak out of the large opening in his face.  But now I know he is an asshole.

    Please know I am not rude. I cannot rec anything from this browser. When I rec or post diaries I am a guest at some exotic locale's computer. Ayn is the bane!

    by Floyd Blue on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 11:30:13 AM PDT

  •  Sex Education (3+ / 0-)
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    If we are to take this man at his word, then I think we need to make sex education mandatory in every school district.

    He claimed not to understand? Give me a break! I am guessing he's married (not too many men will be elected without a wife). Surely his wife must have explained this to him.

  •  As I expected, Cory Gardner is LOUSY Sen candidate (10+ / 0-)

    Mark Udall's re-election bid should be easier now although not necessarily a walk in the park.  I addition to being associated with the Tea Party, Cory Gardner is also corrupt and sucks up to lobbyists as if he's conducting business in the normal sense.  Gardner also made a big FAIL when he was questioning HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the website hearing.

    Meanwhile, Vic Meyers is a great candidate (qualitatively speaking) in CO-04 dealing with a nutty Ken Buck so maybe if he instead of Buck gets traction, Gardner will wish he was running for re-election in CO-04 instead.

  •  Con Man Cory was supposed to be the "fresh face" (8+ / 0-)

    the GOP needed at the top of the ticket to energize the party and provide long coat tails for the other candidates to ride.

    He's got good hair and a million-dollar smile, and he made a big "splash" when he announced a few weeks ago - but turns out that was a belly flop.

    Colorado's turning into a train wreck for the GOP with Hickenlooper pulling away from the GOP field with Tom Trancredo being the closest competitor.

    Meanwhile at the state and LOCAL level the Colorado gun lobby is hell bent on turning 2014 into the Year of the GOP Civil War by forcing extreme christianists and gunaloons into ugly primaries battles with the "moderates" and labeling city chiefs of police and city council members in GOP-heavy cities and counties that dared to support gun reform as "leftist, anti-constitution, gun grabbers".

    At this rate, 2014 might be shaping up as a repeat of 2012 with the GOP snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    "Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything." — Ray Bradbury

    by We Shall Overcome on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 11:35:31 AM PDT

  •  If you really buy this (8+ / 0-)

    Just remember: Gardner was among those looking to pass a Federal level Personhood bill just last summer.

    He and Both Ways Bob Beauprez (running for Governor) will make an excellent ticket in Colorado this year. This is good news for John McCain!

    Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

    by Phoenix Rising on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 11:43:35 AM PDT

  •  The New & Improved 538 Blog picked this RWNJ? (3+ / 0-)
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    Radiowalla, bufffan20, murrayewv

    "The best one is Colorado. The GOP got the candidate of its choice in Rep. Cory Gardner, who declared for the race last month."

    You can check out Nate Silver's prognostications here.

    We're all just working for Pharoah.

    by whl on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 11:47:42 AM PDT

  •  Looking for more recent data, but for now there's (5+ / 0-)


    Protect life at all stages. (Nov 2010)
    Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
    I consider myself pro-life. (Nov 2010)
    Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
    Prohibit federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood. (Jan 2011)
    No family planning assistance that includes abortion. (Jan 2013)
    Predictably, the commentariat at Tuckerson's Daily Holler are unimpressed:
    arcsinice • 2 hours ago
    Look at his voting record................ Pure RINO.
    Now this. Oh, and FULLY back by McConnell.
    Any questions?

    cylde • 2 hours ago
    He has sold out, dump the chump.

    Bernie Blasnalus • an hour ago
    Gardner is simply afraid to stand up for his own personal convictions in the face of politics. Another poser not worth a vote.

    My personal favorite:
    dmallett • 2 hours ago
    Still pushing the idea that pregnancy is a woman's "Health Issue". Strange how procreation is unhealthy for women now days.
  •  This whole thing amazes me (3+ / 0-)
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    The religious right are such idiots.  Do not get me wrong.  I admire their commitment to their religion and stuff.  But, their beliefs with regard to contraception and abortion seem to be at total odds with each other.  

    On one hand, they are saying that making contraception to teenagers is wrong and will only help them have sex.  On the other hand they say that they are against abortions.  

    How do you stop teenagers from having children?  CONTRACEPTION !!!  


  •  Wholly Owned by the Koch Brothers (2+ / 0-)
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    The following was sponsored by Gardner:

    To amend the Clean Air Act to provide that greenhouse gases are not subject to the Act, and for other purposes.

        * Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


        * This Act may be cited as the `Free Industry Act'.


        * Section 302(g) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7602(g)) is amended by adding the following at the end thereof: `The term `air pollutant' shall not include carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfur hexafluoride.'.


        * Nothing in the Clean Air Act shall be treated as authorizing or requiring the regulation of climate change or global warming.

    It's no surprise the famous Gasland flaming water tap was from his district. He gets most of his money from his oil and gas buddies:

    Gardner has a long history of shilling for the O&G industry. He helped set up the industry Astroturf group Western Skies Coalition – aimed at using extractive energy funding to take back the Colorado Senate in 2008 – and proudly signed WSC’s “Energy Action Plan” pledge.

    He rarely misses a chance to demonize Democrats for over-regulating the industry and killing high-paying if cyclical jobs in the various gas patches around the state and Western Skies or some other such industry front may yet rear its hydra-like heads in the upcoming mid-term elections. So maybe a BP fundraiser in D.C. makes perfect sense.

    And note who funded this:

    Hosted by Brian Conklin Koch Industries PAC Lake Coulson Tim Powers Vin Weber Mark Isakowitz Dan Meyer Mary Hanagan

    When June 24th, 2010 (12 p.m.)
    Where Bistro Bis - 15 E Street NW
    Type of Event Luncheon
    Other Lawmakers Mentioned Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R, TN-7) Rep. Erik Paulsen (R, MN-3)

    Contribution Information $1,000

    Make Checks Payable To
        Gardner for Congress - 507 Capitol Court NE #100 Washington, DC 20002

    RSVP Steve Gordon | Katherine Ferriter; 202-546-0900;
    Distribution Paid for by Gardner for Congress

    •  And it's all in the family to boot... (3+ / 0-)
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      Read about Jaime Gardner's new career:

      On Tuesday, the watchdog Sunlight Foundation reported that the Gardner family is now making money more directly from the industry. In August, the oil-and-gas-industry-backed Consumer Energy Education Foundation appointed Gardner’s wife Jaime president.

      The main mission of the Education Foundation appears to be to push positive information about oil and gas to the public, to promote arguments against environmental regulation and to recruit students to work for the industry.
      In the words of the organization’s website, the aim is to “improve consumer and student understanding of energy resources, energy security and the thoughtful development and utilization of energy resources to help create and support sound and cost-efficient energy policies, to support programs that reduce the costs of energy exploration to lessen the impact of energy policies on consumers.”

      Jaime Gardner’s new employer is tied closely to the Consumer Energy Alliance, an oil-and-gas nonprofit group also dedicated mainly to messaging. Both organizations are run out of the same Houston office that houses oil-industry lobby shop HBW Resources. David Holt, an HBW lobbyist, is president of the Consumer Energy Alliance and a member of the board for the Consumer Energy Education Foundation — the “principal officer” of both groups, according to Sunlight. Another high-profile HBW lobbyist is Michael Whatley.
      As Sunlight points out, Whatley was the subject of a 2011 exposé at Salon based on more than 300 emails. The messages revealed the way Whatley tapped Canadian officials, who were determined to see the Alberta tar sands fields developed, to help him beat back tougher U.S. emissions standards.
      The story suggests the kind of “education” work likely to be done by the organization Jaime Gardner now runs.

      As Salon put it:
      [Whatley's correspondence] lay bare a sophisticated and stealthy public relations offensive, one designed to manipulate the U.S. political system; to deluge the media with messages favorable to the tar-sands industry; to sway key legislators at state and federal levels; and most importantly, to defeat any attempt to make the gasoline and diesel pumped everyday into U.S. vehicles less damaging to the climate.

      Jaime Gardner’s appointment as president came two weeks after the Gardners returned from a $17,000 five-day junket to Ireland, paid for partly by oil companies channeled through the nonprofit Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange. Rep. Gardner was asked to speak on developing oil resources off the Irish coast.

      "Five Day Junket to Ireland" story here:

      Even as the European Union moves increasingly toward renewable energy sources, leaving the United States behind, it’s not difficult to imagine the opinion Gardner expressed about what course Ireland should follow into the energy future.

      Gardner has been a great friend in Congress to the oil industry since he arrived in 2010, pulling down a large share of campaign donations from the industry and sponsoring bills that aim to clear the way for more drilling and greater profits, mainly by cutting environmental regulations and oversight.
      His district is currently one of the most heavily drilled in the United States. It includes parts of the gas-rich Wattenberg Field, where extraction companies have descended on cities and towns and set up fracking well pads feet from schoolyards and neighborhood developments. Residents, fearing for their health, seeing their property prices plunge and watching lawmakers do little to protect their interests, have pushed back against the industry by passing local bans on drilling. Those bans are now drawing lawsuits that the state appears likely to support.

      In an interview that aired just days after he returned from Ireland, Gardner said mineral rights owners doing business with drillers are simply following their Colorado dream. He seemed baffled by the idea that residential areas in his district like Longmont could be subject to zoning laws that would restrict heavy industrial activity or non-residential construction. He never mentioned that his constituents were organizing on their own accord to take that approach.
      “There’s ways to handle this,” he told Jon Caldara, head of the Koch-funded free-market Independence Institute. “If you don’t want your neighbor to do something on their land, you can make a deal with them… It’ll probably cost you some money. But it’s a free society. It’s a free market. [Drilling] is a free use of your own private property.”

      Confucius say: "Man who want pretty nurse, must be patient."

      by Lencialoo on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 01:34:05 PM PDT

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      •  Great information..... (0+ / 0-)

        in the whole post.  This is something I really enjoy reading- news from races around the country at such a fine-grained level.

        You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

        by murrayewv on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 04:18:54 AM PDT

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  •  This why I'm not too worried about Udall (5+ / 0-)

    Gardener can hardly lie about being moderate with all this on record.

    27, Male, CA-26, DK Elections Black Caucus Chair.

    by DrPhillips on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 12:52:37 PM PDT

  •  Probably came to him during (1+ / 0-)
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    his most recent 'assignation' with his campaign mistress... about the moment when all the bodily twitching and prophylaxis reminded him of his hypocrisy.

  •  He isn't as smart as I thought. (2+ / 0-)
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    If he were going to try to remake his image, he should have done it last year or some time before now. Even if it were bullshit, it would have at least not looked so obvious.

    To suddenly up and say, "Oh I changed my mind" after voting and pushing for all this far-right social engineering agenda since 2010, screams that he's full of shit.

    It's like Mitt Romney trying to crawl back to the center after screaming about what a "severe" conservative he was.

  •  another example (3+ / 0-)
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    of a republican telling the people whatever it takes to get elected then he will resort to being the monster he really is.

    will the voters see the forest for the trees most likely not, never underestimate the ignorance of the american electorate.

    save america defeat all republicans and conservatives

  •  He Shall Be Known As: (2+ / 0-)
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    Con-Man Cory.

    Can't wait for this contest.

    ITLDUSO Honk "Hello" when I drive by!

    by caroman on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 03:58:16 PM PDT

  •  So (0+ / 0-)

    What he's saying is that he was for it before he was against it...?

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