John Hickenlooper isn’t interested in listening to voters of the state he pretends to want to represent in the U.S. Senate.

The Democrat blew off public pleas from Club 20 on Monday to reconsider debating U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner in front of a Western Slope audience to discuss rural issues.

The Western Slope leaders held a press conference in Grand Junction led by Club 20 Executive Director Christian Reece, who called it astonishing that Hickenlooper’s campaign is completely ignoring rural voters.

Hickenlooper is also snubbing the Eastern Plains, preferring to participate from his basement in online events for Front Range voters only.  

Reece didn’t pull any punches in her speech:

“This is about the responsibility and duty of a U.S. Senate candidate to listen to all Colorado voters, not just those in the more populous parts of the state.”

“Is this what we can expect if candidate Hickenlooper is the successful candidate for Senate?”

Yes. That’s exactly what you can expect.

Hickenlooper’s campaign staff couldn’t event be bothered to respond to Reece’s request Monday.

Hickenlooper wasn’t kidding when he said he didn’t really want to be a senator. 

He just wants to collect the six-figure paycheck, outrageous retirement benefits, and the best health insurance package only a Democrat Congress could create.