But Udall, who is in the middle of a tough race against Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, won't be at the event: He cancelled at the last minute, opting instead to stay in Washington to vote on the president's nominee to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“Mark is grateful for the president’s support, and had hoped to welcome him to Colorado in person, but his responsibilities to serve Colorado in the Senate come first,” spokesman Chris Harris said.
. @MarkUdall cancels fundraising appearance w/President today in CO -- had to stay in DC for Sen biz including today's vote on HUD secretary— Ed Henry (@edhenryTV) July 9, 2014
Adding to Obama's embarrassment is the fact that Udall’s campaign actually stated earlier this week that it wouldn’t avoid a fundraising event with the president.
"If the president is in town, and the president wants to be helpful, why would anyone want to pass that up?" Udall consultant Mike Stratton said. "I don't think one visit by the president is going to change anything in terms of the dynamics of the campaign."
Hey, people change their minds, right?
But wait! There's more: Udall cancelling his fundraising appearance also comes on the heels of him announcing earlier this week that he’d be unable to attend the president’s economic address in Denver on Wednesday morning.
Sen Mark Udall (D-CO), cancels fundraising mtg with Obama due to Senate votes.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 9, 2014
Let's be honest for a moment: Udall's decision to ditch the fundraiser likely has more to do with the president's declining approval rating and his close association with politically toxic issues, including the Affordable Care Act, than it does with the senate's HUD vote.
Sen Mark Udall statement: Mark is grateful for the president’s support..but his responsibilities to serve Colorado in the Senate come 1st."— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 9, 2014
Remember: Udall is one of a handful of Democratic senators who are fighting tooth and nail to hold on to their seats. Simply put, Udall is likely trying to play it safe, meaning no appearances with Mr. Obamacare.
Republicans are of course enjoying all of this.
Now that Udall "has been called out on being a rubber stamp for President Obama's agenda, he has decided to hide in Washington, D.C. instead of face voters back in his home state,” Gardner spokesman Alex Siciliano said. “Senator Udall's bizarre behavior these last few days will no doubt leave many Coloradans questioning his integrity, and rightly so."
Silver lining for Obama: No Udall could mean more time for the president to indulge in pool, beers, bro fistbumps with gorilla statues and cavorting with horse face-masked fans. You know, presidential stuff.