GUEST COLUMN: With Sen. Udall actions speak louder than words

March 24, 2014

The Gazette

By Laura Carno

According to the Wall Street Journal, Sen. Mark Udall was one of the “Obamacare 12”: senators who cast the 60th and decisive vote for Obamacare. His constituents were against Obamacare. Had he simply done his job and represented them, the entire nation would have been spared the miseries of Obamacare. Like President Barack Obama, Sen. Udall told us we could keep our doctors and our health plans. He lied, and, now, 335,000 Coloradans have had their health care plans canceled. Every day we read of people who have lost their insurance, only to have it replaced by coverage they don’t want – at a higher price. Does Udall deserve re-election in November, when he lied about something so critical to all of us, regardless of political party?

While Udall has consistently supported taxpayer funded “green-energy” technologies, he’s placed roadblocks in the way of further oil, gas and coal development in Colorado, while opposing the Keystone Pipeline. The Keystone Pipeline would go a long way toward American Energy Independence. Meanwhile, average gas prices in Colorado have gone up from $1.76 to $3.50 during Udall’s tenure in the U.S. Senate. This isn’t about the environment; this is about energy decisions Udall made for you and your family that don’t work – and, in fact, work against you.

Udall also voted for an amendment to limit firearm magazine capacity to 10. As we said in our TV and radio ads during the recent recall of state Senator President John Morse, “Don’t you dare tell me how to defend myself!” It’s not Sen. Udall’s job to make self-defense decisions for us. That’s our job.

Regarding the NSA spying scandal, Sen. Udall has said that one of our key freedoms is, “the freedom to be left alone.” I agree, Udall, but actions speak louder than words. Butt out of our personal health care, self-defense and energy decisions.

Politicians are not kings. Sen. Udall acts as though it’s his job to make these critical decisions for us. It is not. That’s our job.

We love living in Colorado. But we just can’t afford Udall’s destructive policies anymore.

Carno is a political strategist based in El Paso County and the founder of I Am Created Equal.

Dunn’s response:

Whom do you trust? Isn’t that what this is really all about? I trust Mark Udall. As a senator representing all of us, wealthy, middle class and poor, in Colorado, Mark will continue taking steps toward a better, more progressive future. A better future isn’t every-man-for-himself health insurance, a polluted environment and a gun in every hand. A better future requires a responsible, well-educated citizenry who take steps to protect themselves, one another, and our environment – together.

That’s the future I am heading towards with Sen. Mark Udall, and we encourage you to join us.
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