While local reporters are focusing on liberal demands that U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner host town meetings, lost in the shuffle are demands from liberal Democrats that U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet hold public meetings as well, to explain his votes in the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch.
Bennet thought he could play both sides of the political fence by voting against the Colorado judge to appease the state’s liberal base, while voting to end the filibuster to please those in the middle and on the right.
Republicans, independents and many Democrats are angry with him for voting down Gorsuch, and now liberals are losing it over Bennet’s vote to end the filibuster.
A group called Credo delivered petitions that allegedly contain more than 4,000 names to Bennet’s office Wednesday demanding he hold town hall meetings to explain why he dared help President Trump’s pick move forward to the final vote.
Not only that, they’re furious that Bennet observed the long-held Senate custom that senators from the nominee’s home state introduce him at the beginning of the committee hearings.
Credo political director Murshed Zaheed said Bennet owes it to voters to explain why he “collaborated with Trump’s sexist, racist regime with an authoritarian streak and no regard for the rule of law” when he introduced and praised Gorsuch at the confirmation hearing.
Not surprising, Bennet’s staffers would not commit to Bennet holding a town hall in the near future. If Bennet’s record for holding town hall meetings stands, that should happen sometime in 2019.