Letter: Udall has clear record of accomplishment
Early this month, I attended the senatorial debate at Club 20 in Grand Junction with an open mind about the two candidates. I’ve been living in Grand Junction on the Western Slope for most of my life and I wanted to learn what Sen. Mark Udall and Rep. Cory Gardner have done to help Western Colorado communities.
One of the topics discussed that I was most struck by was water. As most of us here in western Colorado know, water plays an important role in our way of life. Reliable access to water is critical. I was surprised to hear Congressman Gardner try to defend his sponsorship of a ballot measure in 2008, called Amendment 52, that would have diverted funds from much-needed water projects across the state in order to fund road improvements in the Denver metro area. That measure was, thankfully, overwhelmingly rejected by Colorado voters, so I was shocked that Gardner would attempt to defend it. After all, he’s easily reversed his decision on other issues in the past (like personhood.)
Udall stood with the Western Slope in opposing Amendment 52 and, more recently, worked with House Republicans to pass a bipartisan bill to expedite approval of hydroelectric projects that will cultivate home-grown energy supplies on the Western Slope.
It was clear that Gardner couldn’t match Udall’s accomplishments when it comes to the West Slope. He said nothing to demonstrate his commitment to our values and our priorities. Instead, he preferred to recite the same scripted talking points that we see on cable news at night. Quite frankly, I’ve had enough of those talking points, from both sides. I’ll be voting for Udall because he articulated a clear record of accomplishment when it comes to fighting for our region and a clear vision for the way forward.
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