Jefferson County State Rep. Justin Everett wants newly elected U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a fellow Republican, to appear on a tea-party radio show that Gardner has been dodging.
KLZ 560-AM's Randy Corporon has been airing his displeasure with Gardner for rejecting his pleas to appear on his "Wake Up with Randy Corporon" morning show.
"He and I have always gotten along well, had good conversations in the past," Corporon told his listeners Wednesday, explaining that he'd personally asked Gardner to come on his show. "And I said, 'Are you going to come on and explain some of the decisions that have been made.' And [Gardner] started to talk like he would, and then he said, 'You know what, you guys beat the crap out of me all the time.'"
"I think it would be excellent for both of you to be on the air and hash some things out," Everett told KLZ's Corporon Wednesday. "I think it would be very good for your listeners and the state of Colorado. So people can actually hear Cory on the radio talking to someone who's not going to let him slide or use message points or whatever. And actually get to the meat of the matter and find out what's going on, because I know there is a lot of definite grassroots activists on our side who aren't too happy with Cory. You know, on Saturday [during the Republican State convention], I thought he got a pretty tepid response when he spoke."
Corporon responded: "Well I wasn't there Friday night, but I'm told at the big celebratory dinner before the election that he got a similarly tepid response... In fact, I think the sound defeat of Ryan Call by Steve House was a repudiation of Cory Gardner as well because Cory expended a lot of resources trying to get Ryan Call re-elected.
Corporon asked Everett if he's been invited on liberal talk-radio shows, and "if you got invited would you take the challenge?"
Everett replied that he hadn't been invited on a liberal show but, "Of course I'd take the challenge."
"If you believe in how you voted, and you went through an adequate thought process, and you feel comfortable with how you're voting and what you're doing, then you should be able to defend it," Everett told Corporon. "Cory is a really smart guy. I've known Cory for a number of years. It's a little surprising that he wouldn't come on. Randy, we talk all the time. You're reasonable. You're also an attorney, and you can ask a lot of good rhetorical and leading questions. But so is Cory."
Listen to State Rep. Justin Everett on KLZ's 560-AM Wednesday, March 17, starting at on hour thirty-four minutes and forty seconds (@ 1:34:40)