Mark Udall

It’s because he’s black, right?

DENVER – Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colorado) will not be maximizing time in front of the cameras with President Barack Obama when the commander-in-chief visits Denver this week.

When Air Force One touches down in Denver on Tuesday night, Sen. Mark Udall won’t be on board nor will he be on the tarmac to greet the president.

Likewise, the Udall campaign told 9NEWS the senator will not attend an official speech the president plans to give Wednesday, which will be open to the Denver news media.

Instead, Udall will be on a flight from Washington DC that’s scheduled to land in time for the senator to attend a closed-door fundraiser for his re-election campaign, headlined by the president.

“The public is not only barred from attending the president’s speech in Denver, but now Sen. Udall has announced he will not appear with the president either,” said Alex Siciliano, spokesman for congressman Cory Gardner, Udall’s Republican challenger. “Sen. Udall’s message to the president is clear: help me rake in campaign cash behind closed doors, keep the media from capturing photos of us together and avoid real Coloradans at all costs.”

When asked about the appearance that Udall doesn’t seem eager to be seen publicly with the president, the senator’s campaign scoffed at the notion, saying the reasons for not appearing on stage at the president’s speech are logistical.