The ad by the conservative group Crossroads GPS takes Udall to task for refusing to support the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would create more than 42,000 jobs, according to State Department estimates.
Udall has consistently found himself on the opposite side of Colorado voters on Keystone. A Rasmussen Reports poll released last week found that a whopping 63 percent of Colorado voters surveyed support building the pipeline, while just 24 percent oppose it.
“Now Udall is standing in the way of new jobs, voting four times against the Keystone pipeline, even though it could create over 40,000 good-paying jobs,” says the ad.
Udall has consistently voted against resolutions in favor of the pipeline, saying the decision shouldn’t be clouded by politics.
Crossroads GPS, which sunk $460,000 into the ad buy in the Denver media market, also criticizes Udall for supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s recently proposed emissions standards on power plants.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that the regulations would kill 224,000 jobs per year nationwide, including 26,500 per year in the Mountain States region.
In a June 2 statement, Udall called the EPA’s draft rule “a good start,” saying it was needed to combat “the harmful effects of climate change.”
Udall is locked in a tough reelection battle against Republican Rep. Cory Gardner. Polls show the two running in a virtual tie heading into the Nov. 4 election.
Polls show Colorado voters, like those nationwide, rank jobs and the economy at the top of lists of issues that concern them most.