The Denver Post says its endorsement of Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., was a “mistake.”
The newspaper cited Gardner’s decision not to support a Senate resolution blocking President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration. A dozen other Republicans voted with Democrats to terminate the declaration Thursday. Trump’s declaration was designed to obtain funds to build a wall along the southern border.
“We endorsed Sen. Cory Gardner in 2014 because we believed he’d be a statesman,” the newspaper said in an editorial posted Thursday night.
“We knew he’d be a conservative voice in Congress, to be certain, but we thought his voice would bring “fresh leadership, energy and ideas.
“We see now that was a mistake – consider this our resolution of disapproval.”
The newspaper maintained Gardner “has been too busy walking a political tightrope to be a leader.”
And it claimed Trump’s declaration is an abuse of power.
“Put simply this is a constitutional crisis and one of Colorado’s two senators has failed the test,” the Post said.
“To be honest we were surprised by Gardner’s vote. It’s completely inconsistent with every stance he has taken on Trump’s presidency.”
But the newspaper noted Gardner “could still prove to be a great senator for Colorado, a man who puts his state and his principles above party and politics.
It added: “It’s a rare person these days who can take that road.”
The paper said, however, it no longer knows what principles guide Gardner.