High dudgeon, political spokesman version

 

The Cory Gardner for Senate campaign blasted out a press release bristling with shock and accusing opponent Mark Udall of politicizing the devastating 2013 floods in Colorado.

First Gardner is quoted: “‘I was incredibly disappointed to hear and see Senator Udall dismiss our work together on behalf of flood relief last fall,’ Cory said.”

Then comes a heavily linked list of appearances and votes by Gardner in connection with the floods. No mention of what Udall might have said or how he dismissed the work.

“‘Coloradans should be concerned that Senator Udall is stooping so low as to politicize a terrible tragedy and maliciously lie about what happened during Colorado’s floods,” Cory’s spokesman Alex Siciliano said,'” the release continues.

It’s possible that Siciliano is referring to what we’re thinking is the last of the non-attack ads – not the last of the attacks, mind you — in this campaign, a feel-good spot by Udall centered on flood relief and recovery efforts he championed in Jamestown.

He could also have been referring to Udall’s comments earlier this week in Granby, where he criticized Gardner for voting for a government shutdown when all hands were needed in the wake of last year’s floods.

Or perhaps it’s an answer to this press release from the Udall camp that opens with a disposition on the government shutdown vote: “As Colorado was reeling from the worst flooding in our state’s history, Congressman Gardner chose to put his own extreme ideology over the needs of families struggling to put their lives back together.”

[Photo of Jamestown main street after floods, from JamestownCo.org.]

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