Where’s Mark Udall?

June 16, 2014

Where in the world is Sen. Mark Udall?

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.

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9 Responses to Where’s Mark Udall?

  1. Ruth Smith
    June 16, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Markie is hangin’ with Georgie Soros.

  2. Jackson
    June 16, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Gee, I don’t know! Wasn’t he present at his usual monthly meeting of the American Communist party?

  3. Karen Ewing
    June 16, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Udall: All fluff and no substance. The three bills mentioned in the article are just window dressing. I have wanted to contact him (and Bennet) at least weekly since Obama took office, to address each fresh outrage coming out of Washington. The few times I’ve contacted Udall, I get a form-letter type of reply full of the usual platitudes and hand-patting. Everything is going to be just fine–right? Oops, wait a minute: He said we could keep our doctors/policies, but my insurance carrier got out of the health insurance business.

  4. Joe Elector
    June 17, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Our Coin Operated ‘representative’ knows #UdallLied questions await him in Colorado.

  5. Bob Simons
    June 17, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Coloradans were 62.5% opposed to Obamacare, but Udall supported it. Coloradans supported the Keystone Pipeline for the jobs and for the positive effect on our ability to become energy independent; so Udall opposed it.

    Hey Udall, how much did your billionaire friend and hedgefund manager
    give you for your vote?

    FIRE THE LIAR IN 2014!

  6. June 18, 2014 at 10:10 am

    You are neglecting one of the Senator’s major accomplishments: he helped select the national Christmas tree a couple of years back.

    There’s even a video to prove it.

    Two videos, actually.

  7. Val
    June 18, 2014 at 11:27 am

    “I’d do it again, yes, I’d do it again.” ~Mark Udall on Obamacare.

  8. Alfred
    July 28, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Complete scumbag. Mark is a useless piece of machinery.

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