Why was U.S. Sen. Gardner’s plan for his first public visit to Chaffee County since he was elected such a well-kept secret? Why no public notice in advance that he would be in Buena Vista last Wednesday? Why not a town hall meeting where all of his constituents would have a chance to ask him questions?

Instead, just an impromptu walking tour -– do you really believe it, just a spur of the moment drop-in with no time to say he was coming – apparently intended for PR purposes, where he could avoid answering uncomfortable questions.

Questions such as: What is he doing to help prevent the epidemic of mass shootings? (Is it the $4 million from the NRA that leads to his silence?) What is he doing to reduce health care costs besides having supported a measure that would have permitted insurance companies to not cover pre-existing conditions?

Sen. Garner has not held a public town hall meeting anywhere in Colorado for almost 2 years: 636 days to be exact.

He can hide now but not when he stands for re-election in 2020.

Come-out, come-out wherever you are Sen. Gardner.

Answer the tough questions your constituents want to ask you.

Irv Broudy

Salida

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