DENVER | Members of the Colorado chapter of the NARAL and MoveOn.org have gathered in the front of the Denver Post building Tuesday morning in Downtown Denver, demanding the paper retract its recent endorsement of Republican Cory Gardner for U.S. Senate.
Protesters said they are delivering boxes containing more than 12,000 signatures demanding the retraction. It’s unclear whether the signatures are all from Colorado residents.
The newspaper made its own headlines in national publications two weeks ago when it endorsed the two-term Republican from northern Colorado. The Post’s editorial board chose Gardner over incumbent Democrat Mark Udall.
Both organizations have been part of social media campaigns to rebuke the Denver newspaper for its Senate choice, and drop newspaper subscriptions. The Post has not said how many subscriptions have been cancelled over the Oct. 10 endorsement.
The Denver Post has for years endorsed candidates for major offices from both parties, but Gardner’s ties to conservative Tea Party leaders and issues was seen by some pundits, moderates and liberals as a death knell for a newspaper endorsement that considers itself politically moderate on its opinion page.
Gardner has also been endorsed by The Colorado Springs Gazette, The Greeley Tribune, The Pueblo Chieftan and The Grand Junction Sentinel.
Udall has been endorsed by The Aurora Sentinel, The Durango Herald and The Steamboat Pilot.
The Fort Collins Coloradoan said it did not endorse in the Senate race because Gardner would not participate in an editorial board endorsement meeting. Newspapers in Vail, Longmont, Boulder, Aspen and Dillon also have not endorsed in the race.
Former Aurora state lawmaker Karen Middleton is NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado executive director.