Cardboard Cory is back on the road. The paper replica of U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner deployed by campaigning liberals will make 11 stops in six days starting in Denver next week.
The groups are complaining that Gardner's public events are not public enough, or at least not so they could show up and protest. Cardboard Cory has been a stand-in for Democratic groups to pose with for social media posts.
“Senator Gardner has zero real public events scheduled over the August recess,” Laura Packard, a stage 4 cancer survivor and health care activist, said in a statement. “In fact, he has not held a truly public event in more than 20 months and when he does meet with constituents, it is always a select group of supportive business owners, community members or local officials."
She continued, "That’s why Cardboard Cory is doing the job that Senator Gardner refuses to do: traveling the state and actually listening to Coloradans about the type of leaders they want to see in D.C.”
Asked to respond, Gardner’s campaign pointed to his public events last week and this week, including a meet-and-greet Tuesday night in Minturn that Gardner's campaign said was attended by several Democrats, including Sen. Kerry Donovan of Vail and state Rep. Dylan Roberts of Eagle, as well as local officials from both parties.
Donovan tweeted about the event with Gardner Tuesday morning to notify local press.
The Cardboard Cory Tour is sponsored by Protect Our Care, Conservation Colorado, Indivisible, ProgressNow Colorado, Planned Parenthood Votes Colorado, America Votes Colorado, the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition and Rocky Mountain Values.
The tour stops are:
- Aug. 19, 11 a.m., Denver, Byron Rogers Federal Building, 1961 Stout St.
- Aug. 19, 5 p.m., Broomfield, near Lowell Boulevard and West 160th Avenue.
- Aug. 20, 9 a.m., Longmont, Roosevelt Park, along Longs Peak Avenue, near the parking lot entrance to the park.
- Aug. 20, 11 a.m.: Greeley, outside Gardner's office at 801 8th St.
- Aug. 20, 6 p.m., Fort Collins, Old Town Square.
- Aug. 21, 11 a.m., Lakewood, 10425 W. Colfax Ave., which is the intersection of Nelson Street and West Colfax Avenue.
- Aug. 22, 11 a.m., Grand Junction City Hall at 250 N. 5th St.
- Aug. 22, 5 p.m., Montrose, in front of 2 Rascals on Selig Avenue between 1st and 2nd streets.
- Aug. 23, 11 a.m., Durango, at Buckley Park on Main Avenue between 12th and 13th streets.
- Aug. 24, 11 a.m., Pueblo, in the staging area of the Colorado State Fair Parade near B Street and Union Avenue.
- Aug. 25, 11 a.m., Colorado Springs, America the Beautiful Park Fantasy Playground, 126 Cimino Drive.