UPDATE: The state Democratic-run administration now emphatically asserts no intimidation took place. What should we believe more PeakNation™ – emails written at the time of the call, or Democrat-appointees trying to cover for their fellow Democrat as Congressional hearings might be pursued? The Democrats doth protest too much, wethinks.
You would figure Senator Mark Udall has spent enough time in Washington that he’d be familiar with the old D.C. adage, “it’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up.” While we are certainly not suggesting it’s criminal for a Senator to have his staff call a public employee and berate her for doing her job, we certainly do think it’s scandalous. Representative Cory Gardner and other Washington lawmakers appear to agree.
In an article by the Colorado Observer, Gardner reveals Congressional hearings on Udall’s conduct are likely to take place:
“Udall has defended his office’s action and says his staffers’ actions were not inappropriate.
Washington lawmakers might disagree, and are pursuing an official inquiry of their own to determine if Udall and his staffers acted inappropriately.
Gardner has been in discussions with leaders of the House Oversight Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee, and says hearings are likely.
…’I think anytime you have an office that is caught red-handed in a hostile phone call where they are trying to change what is recognized as legitimate numbers for political purposes, that’s an inappropriate use of government power,’ Gardner said. [The Peak emphasis]”
The irony? Udall’s poor reaction drew additional attention to the numbers he was trying so hard to suppress. Even worse, the hullabaloo created all sorts of bad press for him; and his attempt to keep them hidden has only tossed more gasoline on the fire.
Gardner is quick to add what has been lost in all this business about Udall abusing the position and power of his office: the 250,000 Coloradans who liked their healthcare plan but were unable to keep it.
“’It’s clear from the emails the senator wasn’t worried about the 250,000 people who lost their insurance, he wanted to change the numbers so it didn’t look bad,’ Gardner said.
…Asked if the issue was going away anytime soon, Gardner said, ‘No, there are 250,000 Coloradans who deserve an answer.'” [The Peak emphasis]
Which brings up the most important Udall question: Will you be voting him out of office this fall because he abuses the power of his office, or because 250,000 Coloradans who once had a healthcare plan they liked no longer do?