The last time that liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall personally hosted an open townhall in Colorado was in May 2013, per his calendar. Yet, tonight he will attend a swanky fundraiser hosted by climate activist and billionaire Tom Steyer, who has pledged to funnel more than $100 million dollars into the 2014 elections. According to the Washington Post:
“Climate activist and billionaire Tom Steyer, who hopes to funnel as much as $100 million into the 2014 elections, will tell Senate Democrats on Wednesday night that they can use opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline to bring voters over to their side this fall, according to one of his advisers.”
So, let’s get this straight. Udall can’t be bothered to hold a truly open town hall in Colorado for nine months. (We’re not counting his closed door townhall on Martin Luther King Day because it wasn’t open to the public.) Then, he starts the lame petition about standing up to rich men with special interests. See Facebook petition to the right. Now, he’s attending this fundraiser?
Udall has been running around spouting off about Colorado’s “all of the above” energy strategy. We wonder how he reconciled that as he flew out to San Francisco to hang out with his buddy who pushes an extreme left position especially on green energy. Further, Steyer is not just a passionate philanthropist when it comes to green energy, he’s also an investor. According to the Los Angeles Times:
The former hedge fund manager has many deep-pocketed friends, and is among President Obama’s top fundraisers. He is seeking to harness growing frustration among many Silicon Valley donors about the lack of action on global warming. Silicon Valley’s interest in the issue is not just philosophical. It is also financial. Many of the area’s venture capitalists are heavily invested in the renewable-energy sector.
There is so much hypocrisy here that we don’t even know where to start.
And, then, we come back to Colorado. And jobs. To be anti-Keystone, especially when Keystone is a job creator in Colorado, is harmful to Colorado’s families. Cue the National Security Agency conversation from Udall in 3…2…1….