“Persona non grata”

In October of 2013, as Colorado worked to recover from devastating floods along the Front Range, this is the headline that New Yorkers were reading.

Colorado Republicans celebrated the lifting of disaster relief spending caps for highway repairs and flood relief last October. But in January of 2013, those same Republican members of Congress, Reps. Mike Coffman, Scott Tipton, Cory Gardner, and Doug Lamborn, all voted against relief legislation for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

“It’s the height of hypocrisy for them to have so quickly and conveniently changed their position. I only wish the best for the people of Colorado as they repair their lives after such devastation, but I hope New Yorkers make clear these members are persona non grata in our town.”

-Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY)

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) was absolutely right about his fellow Republicans from Colorado. It was a stunning act of hypocrisy for Cory Gardner and fellow Republicans to celebrate bringing home disaster relief dollars to Colorado, after voting against relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Make no mistake, Coloradans are grateful for the generosity shown by our fellow Americans after the terrible floods that impacted our state last year. The Colorado families and communities receiving federal aid today won’t forget the compassion shown by strangers from across the nation as we work to.

History will show that mainstream Coloradans are better citizens, and better neighbors, than the Republicans who represented Colorado in Washington in 2013.

Read more: Christie takes on Colorado GOP: ‘They’re hypocrites’

Washington Post, October 4th, 2013
“They’re hypocrites. That’s what they are,” [Gov. Chris] Christie said of the Colorado Republicans during a telephone town hall meeting Thursday night, in comments first reported by the Newark Star-Ledger. But, he added: “We can’t be vindictive. Because we have to be concerned about the actual people that are being hurt.”

Read more: N.J. congressmen slam Colorado’s ‘Hypocrisy Caucus’ for seeking Sandy aid

New Jersey Star-Ledger, October 2nd, 2013
“Now, some of these very congressmen are shamelessly proving just how hypocritical they are by using the same Sandy funding they voted against to help their constituents,” [Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr.] said. U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd-Dist.) was equally critical, labeling Colorado lawmakers the “Hypocrisy Caucus.”

“And, in you can’t-make-this-up irony, this legislation to help Colorado wouldn’t be possible without the Sandy aid bill. It was just approved by voice vote in the House because Northeast lawmakers did not stand in opposition, said Jason Galanes, a spokesman for LoBiondo. “We understand the true nature of disasters and the critical need for emergency assistance.”

We can’t let Cory Gardner speak for Colorado.