Why No Labels Is Trying to Take Out Moderate Democrat Mark Udall
Yes, someone who supported a personhood bill will surely reduce partisanship in Washington.///
Their preferred candidate, Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), has recently tried to moderate a long record of conservatism on several issues. But the incumbent Democrat, Mark Udall, is clearly no blind partisan, as his positions on budget issues and civil liberties make clear. So why does No Labels want him gone?
When I asked co-founder Bill Galston, he said the problem was simply that Udall’s office refused to work with No Labels — and that “we’re still scratching our heads about why that is.” But the decision comes after months of tensions between No Labels and Senate Democrats — tensions that suggest the group might have an easier time pushing its agenda in a Republican-controlled Senate.
However, Senators Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Mark Begich (D-AK) also joined the “No Labels Problem Solvers Coalition,” while their opponents did not, and these Senate Democrats aren’t getting a No Labels-sponsored turnout operation. Galston said he wasn’t sure why No Labels had opted against helping them, but emphasized, “We are a small group with a limited bandwidth.”