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Mark Udall’s Established Bipartisan Record

"Udall is a breath of fresh air in a stagnating government. He's a true statesman, in his father's tradition, refusing to 'demonize' his opponents. Statesmanship isn't a flashy approach to politicking, but if we saw it more frequently in our elected officials, we might see less grandstanding and more actual progress." Summit Daily News, 5/28/2003.

Mark Udall

A letter from Mark Udall to his fellow Coloradans

Thank you for taking the time to consider me as your next U.S. Senator. I have always believed that party affiliation matters less than an honest desire to do the right thing, a willingness to work hard, and an ability to listen. In that regard, I have worked to find like-minded people, regardless of party affiliation, who are willing to roll up their sleeves and forge ahead together to accomplish things and solve problems. That is why I was proud to work with Sen. Wayne Allard, a Republican, to clean-up Rocky Flats and turn it into a wildlife refuge, and why I appreciated Republican Congressman Scott McInnis' important help in passing the James Peak Wilderness Bill. It is why I have been proud to work with very conservative Republicans like Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to stop the abuse of federal earmarks and pass a constitutional line-item veto to restrain unnecessary federal spending. It is also why I worked closely with Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), a conservative Republican in co-authoring legislation that would promote a responsible redeployment strategy in Iraq. As a matter of fact, my legislative record shows that I have more often than not reached across the aisle to partner with others outside my party to work on important issues for Colorado.

There is an old and very accurate saying that "you can get a lot done in politics if you don't mind who gets the credit." That is often how I have worked in Congress. I also strongly believe that the next Congress and Administration must put partisan labels aside and work cooperatively to address our nation's most urgent problems.

Since beginning my career in public service in 1997, I have worked hard to elevate the policy debate above partisan politics so that I can meet the needs of my constituents regardless of their political affiliation. As your Senator, I intend to continue this tradition.

 

Strong Endorsements of Mark Udall's Statesmanship

Summit Daily News
“Udall is a breath of fresh air in a stagnating government. He's a true statesman, in his father's tradition, refusing to “demonize” his opponents. Statesmanship isn't a flashy approach to politicking, but if we saw if more frequently in our elected officials, we might see less grandstanding and more actual progress.” Summit Daily News, 5/28/2003

Rocky Mountain News
Mark Udall “has pleasantly surprised us with his willingness to steer a bipartisan course on numerous issues - from Rocky Flats to wilderness, from hog farm policy to forest management that can limit wildfire potential. Indeed, Udall may be the most moderate-leaning Democrat to represent the 2nd District in a generation.” Rocky Mountain News, 11/2/2000

Daily Camera
U.S. Rep. Mark Udall “has adopted a different strategy to get things done: working cooperatively with the opposition.In the two years since he was last re-elected, Udall has teamed up with a variety of Republicans to do all kinds of things, from moving the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant site toward its future status as a wildlife refuge to securing funding for agricultural research at Colorado State University.” Daily Camera, 10/15/2004

Rocky Mountain News
“Rep. Mark Udall embodies a vanishing breed on Capitol Hill: a congressman who routinely reaches across the aisle to forge legislation on a bipartisan basis. The genial, hard-working Democrat has been able to ally successfully with every Republican in the delegation to support various initiatives important to Colorado, including the Healthy Forests initiative that so often is demonized by environmentalists."Rocky Mountain News, 10/22/2004

The Denver Post
“Mark Udall has time and again reached across the partisan divide for the good of Colorado and the 2nd Congressional District. He has a keen ability to listen, so his policy discussions are filled with a civility that is too rare in today's vitriolic political climate.”The Denver Post, 10/17/2004

Rocky Mountain News
“If we had to pick the single most likable member of the delegation, it would be Democrat Mark Udall. Don't laugh: Getting along with people and containing your ego are important if a politician intends to forge political coalitions, which Udall frequently tries to do.” Rocky Mountain News, 10/18/2006

Daily Camera
“Congress is hardly a model of bipartisanship these days, but if minority Democrats hope to do anything besides play overmatched defense...But U.S. Rep. Mark Udall, running for a fourth term in District 2—all of Broomfield County and most of Boulder County, as well as several mountain counties and portions of nearby Adams, Jefferson and Weld counties—has adopted a different strategy to get things done: working cooperatively with the opposition.” Daily Camera, October 15, 2004

Lola Spradley“Mark is a collaborator, and that’s the way you get things done.” Republican State Rep. Lola Spradley, The Gazette, Colorado Springs, 6/10/2006.

 

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