Republicans haven’t a clue who their candidate will be, but Udall’s phony effort to paint himself as a good government moderate is beginning to unravel.
Last week, Colorado’s most influential Senator, Michael Bennet, pulled the rug on Udall in a big way.
Udall, though, said he would vote for the unsavory deal because in large measure because of an extension of the wind tax credit.
From a press release from his Senate office:
“This is not the deal I would have written, but we cannot ignore the need to protect taxpayers, businesses and our fragile economy from the destructive effects of the fiscal cliff….”
Udall also said he is encouraged that the deal includes an extension of the wind Production Tax Credit, which he has championed. Since June, Udall has delivered 27 speeches on the Senate floor detailing the positive effect of the wind energy industry in states across the country.
But now the bottom has fallen out of that argument too.
From our friends at Monkey-Wrenching America:
…On Thursday, the Danish company Vestas left wind-blown scrambled egg on Udall’s face by announcing more cutbacks at one of the company’s Colorado facilities, raising the question of exactly what we’re getting for the $12 billion one year bailout of Big Wind. Recent months have seen many such announcements from Vestas, as the company slashed positions and hours, turning Colorado workers into pawns in a lobbying campaign for more funds. One thus expected that Vestas would be rushing people back to work in response to the welcome news from Washington. But that isn’t what happened. News of additional cutbacks seemed to contradict months of spin from the company and the senator.
What makes all this so unsavory is the fact Mark Udall’s wife, environmentalist kingpin Maggie Fox and her organization the Climate Reality Project (CRaP) — have been out chomping like mad for the wind tax credit.
None of this is a silver bullet. Udall is a formidable person.
But remember: polls show Udall is vulnerable. In 2012, liberal pollster Public Policy Polling (PPP) found Udall with only a 40% approval rating — far below what is considered safe territory for incumbents.
And Udall won’t be able to hide from his record. As Michael Bennet might say, Udall has been a flickering light in a city full of them.