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How Senator Cory Gardner Can Revive His Flagging Campaign

Corey Gardner
Colorado’s Republican Senator Cory Gardner is widely viewed by Democrats as one of the more vulnerable Republican incumbents, but Gardner’s problem is not that he’s been bad on the issues or ineffective. Rather, it is that he’s been invisible on those issues that count to Colorado’s conservative and center-right majority.

The answer from Mitch McConnell, and the highly paid consultants that he employs to help Republicans lose, is to grant Colorado a bunch of pork barrel projects for which Senator Gardner gets to take credit.

The result of this strategy is that Senator Gardner, who was a reliable conservative in the House and received our endorsement, is at best even with his flakey Democrat opponent, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, and shows in some polls to be behind by as much as 10 points.

It doesn’t have to be this way, and Gardner can certainly turn those numbers around if he will nationalize the election and stop running a content-free, keep your head down campaign.

And he has a perfect opportunity in the riots and assaults that Hickenlooper’s allies in Denver and other major cities in Colorado have been committing in imitation of their fellow Far Left Socialist revolutionaries in Portland, Seattle and Chicago.

Last weekend Republican state Rep. Patrick Neville, the Colorado House Minority Leader, was attacked on stage during a “Back the Blue” pro-police rally in Denver.

According to Julia Musto’s reporting on Rep. Neville’s appearance on Tucker Carlson’s program, Neville described a riot in which, “…we were essentially surrounded by Antifa. I mean, we're talking outnumbered four to one. We were actually lower in elevation than them [in] the way the facility worked out. And, we were completely surrounded.”

All of a sudden, the groups violently clashed, Rep. Neville explained.

"And then, before I knew it, we were on stage while behind us one of my friends was beaten down by four to five Antifa members. The folks that we had there volunteering had to kick those folks off of him. And then, eventually, we had to actually evacuate," said Neville. "And, had it not been, quite frankly, for someone who I'd met moments before ushering us into her car, I don't know if we would have gotten out of there unscathed."

However, before Neville, conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, and other members of their group could flee, they had things thrown at them, were pushed around and spit on.

"Michelle Malkin lost one of her shoes. My friend was severely beaten; [he] had a black eye after it was done. We didn't have a single chance to speak. I mean, the band barely even started playing," he said. "And, all this occurred right on the stage of the facility where we were supposed to be having our rally. It wasn't like it was a minor scuffle on the outskirts of the rally. It was right there on the stage."

Neville also noted that the “Back the Blue” rally was permitted, however, while the police would normally have stepped in to deescalate the confrontation, Denver Police Protective Association (DPPA) President Nick Rogers told the "Peter Boyles Show" on 710 KNUS that a “stand-down order” given by the incident commander prohibited further action.

"… we were just totally attacked by thugs committing total violence to try to silence our speech," he said. "I'm a combat vet. I was a captain in the Army and this is by far the most dangerous situation I have been in since I've been in combat," Neville concluded.

Here’s our advice to Senator Gardner: Fire your Mitch McConnell endorsed consultants and get out on the campaign trail with state Rep. Patrick Neville.

Go to every town in Colorado with a radio station and every city with a TV station and call a rally to “Back the Blue,” and make it clear that you will tolerate no violence from ANTIFA or BLM thugs. Tell the law-abiding citizens and voters of Colorado you back the police and you stand for law and order against Hickenlooper and the Far Left New Democrats that are behind his campaign. Challenge Hickenlooper to tell Centennial State voters where he stands and demand he disavow the Democrat ANTIFA and BLM rioters who have trashed Denver and Colorado Springs.

Republican Senators and Senate candidates who run content-free, keep your head down campaigns are destined to lose.

Our message is simple – if Republicans want to retain their Senate majority, have any hope of taking the House, and save America as a constitutional republic they have to get in the fight and draw a clear contrast between themselves as the conservative candidates of traditional values, law and order and economic opportunity and the New Far Left Democrats’ mob violence and socialist revolution.

George Rasley is managing editor of Richard Viguerie’s A member of American MENSA and a veteran of over 300 political campaigns, including every Republican presidential campaign from 1976 to 2008. He served as lead advance representative for Governor Sarah Palin in 2008 and has served as a staff member, consultant or advance representative for some of America's most recognized conservative Republican political figures, including President Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. He served in policy and communications positions on the House and Senate staff, and during the George H.W. Bush administration he served on the White House staff of Vice President Dan Quayle.

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