We don’t mean politically, but physically, literally, where is the Colorado Democrat spending his time during a crucial election year?
He doesn’t’ seem to be devoting much of his schedule to pressing the flesh of Charlie and Cindy Constituent in Colorado, despite the tight contest with Republican challenger Rep. Cory Gardner.
In fact, his Senate schedule has noted only one public appearance this year – a May 17 meeting in Grand Junction to discuss turning the Colorado National Monument into a national park.
We’ve tracked down his Colorado appearances in the last few months and found that he also attended a meeting in Carbondale to voice concerns about energy development, and a Durango assembly focused on bringing televised Bronco games to the Four Corners region.
The politician made an appearance at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Denver, spent Memorial Day with local veterans, made a speech in Denver on protecting our “special way of life,” and went to NORAD to discuss the military’s role in firefighting. He also attended an RSVP-only energy forum with Obama’s energy secretary.
The most widely-publicized events the senior senator will attend this year in the state will also be the most exclusive and require thousands of dollars in political donations to attend – fundraisers with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
That’s pretty much it.
So how did Charlie and Cindy Citizen from Colorado score a meeting with their public servant who represents their interests in Washington, D.C.?
Judging by Udall’s hyperactive Twitter feed, one goes to Washington to gain an audience with the senator.
Udall’s met with Colorado students who visit DC, leaders of Colorado migrant workers in DC, environmental leaders in DC, even the chancellor of CU Denver, he met with in DC.
Udall’s Twitter account is overflowing with pictures of the senator meeting with his common folk constituents — in DC.
Of course it makes sense the senator would spend a lot of time in the nation’s capitol. He is, after all, a lawmaker.
But Udall’s record of legislative accomplishment is also a little thin, according to the Library of Congress.
President Obama has not signed into law a single bill that was primarily sponsored by Udall this legislative session.
In fact, the Senate has passed just four bills authored by Udall in the last two years. Most were of such little consequence, there’s little chance of consideration by the House.
One of the bills passed this year would “recognize the historic struggle of the people of Mexico for independence and freedom, which Cinco de Mayo commemorates.”
The second bill “recognizes the importance of outdoor recreation and the preservation of open spaces to the health of young people of the United States.”
Udall’s third bill passed by the Senate last year would have designated Oct. 30 as “a national day of remembrance for U.S. nuclear weapons program workers.”
Udall’s fourth and final bill, had it become law, would have been useful to Coloradans by authorizing $450 million for federal highway emergency money in response to last year’s devastating funding.
The state ultimately received federal dollars, but not as a result of that bill becoming law.
If this is how Mark Udall campaigns for reelection, we can expect to see a lot more constituent meetings in DC, fundraisers in Colorado for his already overflowing war chest of $6 million, and with very little, legislatively, to show for it.