Cory Gardner is under fire over town halls, but do they matter? – Colorado News

Cory Gardner is under fire over town halls, but do they matter? – Colorado News

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Protesters have been demanding a town hall with U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner for months. What has he been doing instead?
Nick Coltraine, Chris Abshire

Editor’s note: This story was originally published Friday morning on Coloradoan.com. On Friday afternoon, Gardner announced a Tuesday series of solo, in-person town halls Tuesday in Colorado. 

It’s not uncommon to see U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner at a town hall for one of Colorado’s congressional delegates. Though in those cases, his personality comes across a bit flatter than normal.

Instead of the Yuma Republican himself, a cardboard cutout has been making appearances at general question-and-answer sessions for constituents of Colorado’s delegation — a symbol of frustration that Gardner has been relatively scarce among the population he represents.

It’s not that he hasn’t been to Colorado at all or completely ignoring constituents since President Donald Trump’s January inauguration. Gardner has been meeting with smaller groups and advocates of particular issues, hosting telephone town halls and participating in site visits, such as a recent tour of progress on reconstruction of U.S. Highway 34 in the Big Thompson Canyon.

Gardner is the only member of Colorado’s congressional delegation, which is majority Republican, not to host a solo general admission and…

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