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Conservative Anger Grows Online Against Gardner

County party officials have described the senator's break with the president as a betrayal and are calling for primary challengers.

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Drew Gerber
Jan. 11, 2019, 10:34 a.m.

"Colorado’s conservative activists are furious at U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s call to end the government shutdown without funding for President Trump’s wall. County GOP officials and Tea Party leaders are talking openly about the need for a primary challenger in 2020."

"Jefferson County Republican Vice Chair Steve Dorman vehemently disagreed" with a Facebook post written by an Arapahoe County Tea Party member that said "Sorry, we need to accept Cory Gardner." Dorman argued that "this betrayal"—Gardner's break with the president—"is too huge." And "Pueblo County Republican Party Treasurer George Mayfield posted his call for a primary on the group’s Facebook page. ... Gardner fared no better on the Western Slope, where the Mesa County Patriots also declared his shutdown statement to be 'all the proof needed to primary Gardner.'" (Colorado Times Recorder)

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