“Accidental” [mc_name name=’Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’B001267′ ] (D-CO) has a problem on his hands – his lefty actions as a Senator don’t fit the centrist veneer he’s attempting to paint over his record. Senator Bennet currently occupies a seat that is considered to be the seventh most likely in the nation to change parties, and in a western, libertarian-esque, independent state like Colorado, his far-left actions don’t bode well for his 2016 reelection prospects.
Consider one of Colorado’s latest headlines: the radical environmental group WildEarth Guardians is suing to close the critical Colowyo coal mine. This not only would spike electricity prices for Coloradans, but it would put the 220 miners employed at the location out of work. The affected communities are up in arms, going so far as to boycott the products of WildEarth Guardians’ supporters.
Senator Bennet is a member of the ever-growing group of bipartisan elected officials calling on Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, to do whatever necessary to keep the mine open. Upon further inspection, however, this dire situation for many Colorado mining jobs may exist in part to Bennet’s earlier actions. The case now sits in front of lefty Judge R. Brooke Jackson, who, since his 2011 ascent to the federal bench, has created a clear liberal record. He has even sided with the WildEarth Guardians in the past.
The reason this case is in front of Judge Jackson? Because, as reported by Colorado Peak Politics, Senator Bennet is the one who actually recommended Judge Jackson for the bench. Oh, irony. The reality is that Bennet is no centrist, and his judicial recommendation is just one indicator of that fact.
When analyzing a political figure, actions speak louder than words. Bennet’s actions created a situation with where a liberal, activist judge is hearing a case to which Bennet now offers a mere tacit lip service to the Colorado miners who could lose their jobs. I bet the miners would prefer a fairer judge than Jackson to decide the fate of their livelihoods, if not for Bennet’s extreme liberalism, that could have been the case.