DENVER — Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, the vulnerable Democrat who couldn’t answer a reporter’s question back in January as to whether he’d want to campaign with President Obama, is now raffling off a ticket to his fundraiser here with the president next month.
“I’m grateful for President Obama’s support in this U.S. Senate race, and I’m looking forward to bringing him out to Colorado for a campaign event. But I’m especially excited to introduce him to you,” Udall’s letter to supporters says.
The raffle comes in the way of email pitch to supporters, asking for a $5 contribution on the final day of the current fundraising cycle to possibly win a chance to meet Obama, take a photo with him and join a number of other high-dollar donors for lunch.
But it’s drawing attention from political observers who note Obama’s low approval ratings — and from Republicans eager to tie Udall to the unpopular president and the Affordable Care Act, which he supported.
“We knew Mark Udall was out of touch with Coloradans, but his full-throated embrace of President Obama is another example of a strategic misstep by his struggling campaign,” said Matt Connelly, the Colorado GOP’s press secretary. “While clear majorities of Coloradans oppose Obamacare, Mark Udall and President Obama support it. Coloradans support an all-of-the-above energy strategy, but Udall and Obama stand in the way.
“It’s safe to say Republicans may be looking forward to President Obama’s visit even more than Senator Udall.”
The July 9 fundraiser is organized by the Colorado 2014 Victory Fund, a joint venture of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Udall’s campaign.
Tickets to the luncheon start at $1,000; tickets that include a photo opportunity with Obama cost $10,000 a person and $15,000 per couple.