David Bernhardt and President Trump.

Mr. Bipartisan once again showed his true color (blue) by voting against a well-respected, accomplished and principled Coloradan to lead the Interior Department and set true western standards to guide our region into continued prosperity.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, who has quixotic aspirations of reaching the White House by beating back a wild pack of Democratic contenders, voted against the confirmation of Rifle native David Bernhardt, and in turn the Western Slope.

It’s shameful, and it’s become a nasty habit for Bennet, who has taken warmly to the task of working against Coloradans and breaking the long-held precedent of supporting your own constituents when called upon by their president to serve.

Bennet also snubbed the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch.

Bennet has been criticized repeatedly throughout his Senate career for ignoring Colorado and his constituents needs, except for when elections roll around.

His recent voting pattern might explain that, since he’s no longer representing us, but his presidential campaign.

If only he would relinquish his seat while he chases bigger dreams.

Meanwhile, Bernhardt’s confirmation passed on a bipartisan vote of 56-41, with Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s full support.

In addition to Bernhardt’s Republican support, his confirmation was also approved by Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and independent Angus King of Maine.