Darryl Glenn might not be having the kind of week he hoped for.
If you saw his six-minute speech Monday night at the Republican National Convention, you might be one of the few.
The El Paso County commissioner and Republican U.S. Senate candidate scored a prime-time appearance at the Cleveland convention, only for the networks to cut out just as he hit the stage.
C-SPAN, which is broadcasting gavel-to-gavel coverage of the convention, did show Glenn’s speech live. His remarks were panned by some of those attending the convention, like Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post.
Cillizza called Glenn one of the “losers” from the convention’s first night, referring to Glenn’s speech as a “series of hackneyed one-liners and blatant appeals for applause.” And one line from Glenn put him over the edge: “‘Someone with a nice tan needs to say this. All lives matter.’ Oomph,” said Cillizza.
On Tuesday, Glenn’s Democratic opponent, incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet, took aim at one of Glenn’s strongest positions: If elected, Glenn says he would refuse to work across the aisle with those from the opposite party.
The Bennet campaign Tuesday released a new ad, “Across the Aisle,” that hammers on Glenn’s views on bipartisanship. Throughout the primary season, Glenn has said repeatedly that Republicans don’t need to work with Democrats and should just lead instead.
The one-minute ad shows Glenn at several appearances, including a debate that aired on Colorado Public TV-12 on June 10, in which he talks about his views about Democrats. “You don’t get it,” Glenn said to moderator Eric Sondermann. “It’s not about reaching across the aisle.”
In other appearances, Glenn said he didn’t know any elected Democrats he could get along with, and that he was “running against Democrats. I’m running against evil.”
“It’s clear from Darryl Glenn’s own words what kind of senator he would be for Colorado: one who refuses to compromise and thinks the problem with Washington is ‘Republicans reaching across the aisle,’” said Bennet campaign spokesperson Mairead Lynn.
The Bennet campaign has previously touted the senator’s record on working across party lines on a number of issues, most notably a 2014 farm bill signed into law by the President that extends agricultural program funding to 2018. Bennet is a member of the Senate’s agriculture committee and worked on the bill for two years.
“While Michael Bennet has worked across party lines to get things done for Colorado, Darryl Glenn couldn’t even name a single Democrat he would work with if elected to the Senate,” said Lynn. “Glenn is a partisan obstructionist who would add to Washington’s dysfunction.”
The Glenn campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
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