Sen­a­tor will hold three town halls next week

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jesse Paul

The Denver Post

U.S. Sen. Cory Gard­ner will hold three in-per­son town halls next week af­ter months of lib­eral ac­tivists chastis­ing him for not do­ing so and on the heels of an at­times un­ruly meet­ing with con­stituents last week in Du­rango, where he was be­rated for his votes to re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act.

Gard­ner will be in Colorado Springs on Tues­day from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and then in Gree­ley later in the day from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The third will be in Lake­wood that same day from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

“Con­stituents are en­cour­aged to ar­rive early, as space is lim­ited,” the Colorado Repub­li­can’s of­fice said in a news re­lease. “The events are open to the pub­lic and the me­dia.”

Gard­ner ap­peared at a town hall in Du­rango on Aug. 4 with his Demo­cratic Se­nate coun­ter­part, Michael Ben­net. There, he faced an an­gry group that at times shouted at him about his votes to re­peal the ACA, also known as Oba­macare. U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, RCortez, and Colorado Gov. John Hick­en­looper were also there.

Gard­ner has been tar­geted for months by lib­eral ac­tivists — mainly since Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion to the pres­i­dency — for fail­ing to hold an in-per­son town hall with his con­stituents. In Fe­bru­ary, peo­ple packed the Byers Mid­dle School gym for a mock town hall with a card­board cut-out of Gard­ner’s like­ness.

The first-term sen­a­tor has been meet­ing with con­stituents in smaller set­tings and has also held sev­eral tele­phone town halls.

The Colorado Springs town hall will be at Pikes Peak Com­mu­nity Col­lege. The Gree­ley event will be at the Univer­sity School au­di­to­rium. In Lake­wood, he will be at Colorado Chris­tian Univer­sity.

Doors open for the events an hour be­fore they be­gin.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the town halls, visit Gard­ner’s web­site.

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