Mark Udall’s Very Bad Week: Colorado Senate Moved to Toss Up

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This week has had a lot of bad news for the campaign of incumbent Colorado Senator, Democrat, strong Obamacare proponent, environmental enthusiast, Mark Udall. Whether it was news about his PAC giving his campaign money, a CNN analyst predicting his loss, new polling showing the race essentially tied and multiple vulnerabilities for Udall, or the change in the race ranking to toss-up, none of it was good news for the embattled Outward Bound Senator.

Lets unpack this very bad, no good, week for Mark Udall.

First up is a post from last Friday, courtesy of the fine people over at the Colorado Observer. In the Observer post we read that Udall has reorganized an old PAC with three other struggling Senate campaigns, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), Rep. Gary Peters of Michigan, and Rep. Bruce Braley of Iowa.

The quartet raised $212,002 for the joint PAC in the first quarter of this year, according to Federal Election Commission records filed with the Senate Office of Public Records.

Among the contributors were Hume Steyer, the older brother of billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, and Chris Hughes, publisher of The New Republic magazine.

The Colorado senator also contributed $40,300 from his PAC to his own campaign, Udall for Colorado.

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The fact that Udall is using a PAC to raise money to help his campaign isn’t all that surprising. The Steyer connection is also not surprising. The hypocritical stance that Democrats have on high dollar investors directing the ideological compass of their party is well known by most conservatives who read RedState.

Speaking of which, the Observer goes on to note that Udall’s PAC, along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, helped create a website called “stopthekochbrothers.com” for the liberal fundraiser Act Blue.

We’ll come back to the Steyer hypocrisy in a moment, but first let’s go to the news on Monday.

On CNN’s State of the Union Stuart Rothenberg, of the Rothenberg Political Report, said that he thinks “Udall loses in Colorado to Cory Gardner in a race that three months ago we would have said was off the table.”

The Observer’s Valerie Richardson highlighted some of the reasons for Udall’s recent slide:

Udall has seen his political fortunes drop this year perhaps more dramatically than any other Senate incumbent, thanks to a combination of factors that include President Obama’s declining popularity; an outcry over Udall’s staff pressuring state insurance officials to revise their Obamacare cancellations, and Gardner’s recent jump into …read more    

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