FAR-RIGHT CANDIDATE KEEPS HIS DISTANCE FROM KING…. It’s hardly a stretch to consider Cory Gardner a pretty far-right candidate. Gardner, a Republican congressional hopeful in Colorado’s 4th district, voted against drunk-driving laws in the state legislature because they represented a “nanny state.” He’s even voiced doubts that President Obama was born in the United States.

But Republicans are nevertheless rallying to support Gardner, and Rep. Steve King (R), the right-wing Iowan, was scheduled to help Gardner raise money at fundraiser this weekend. Today, Gardner sent King a message: don’t come.

An Iowa congressman’s fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate Cory Gardner was canceled Monday after the congressman suggested that President Barack Obama favored blacks over whites.

Just yesterday, King said on a right-wing radio show, “[T]he president has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race — on the side that favors the black person.” The comments were as ugly as they were stupid.

Dems, understandably, started asking whether Gardner agrees with his ally’s remarks. Soon after, the fundraiser where King was to appear was scrapped.

Congratulations, Steve King. You’re now so far gone that even far-right Birthers don’t want to be associated with you. A rare feat, indeed.

Update: King was also scheduled to appear at a Colorado Tea Party gathering, and that appearance has been cancelled, too. (thanks to T.P.)

“His comments do not represent the tea party,” a spokesperson for far-right Senate candidate Ken Buck (R) said.

Steve Benen

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