GIT ‘ER DONE: Coffman Praised For Being An Effective Legislator

Time Magazine singled out Rep. Mike Coffman as one of a handful of Congressmen who are actually getting work done in a Congress that is largely viewed as being completely devoid of passing legislation.  This spells bad news for his opponent, Andy Romanoff, who has been trying to brand him as a do-nothing Congressman.  As Time writes:

While gridlock and inter-party polarity may keep bills from turning into law, it hasn’t kept legislators from sponsoring new ones. They’ve introduced 8,327 bills and resolutions so far, putting them on pace to reach about 11,750 by the end of the session.

But not all congresspeople contribute equally to this tally. The most noteworthy members have sponsored between 69 and 78 bills this session.

Some of the more ineffective members of congress may want to ask the remaining two—D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Representative Mike Coffman—about their secret to getting bills passed outside of a leadership role. [the Peak emphasis]

This certainly is an inconvenience for Romanoff and the false narrative he’s trying to create that Coffman is an ineffective legislator.  Then again, Romanoff may believe his false narrative isn’t that outlandish.  We mean, he had no problem standing next to Howard Dean last week as Dean called military veteran Coffman un-American.  Then again, Romanoff probably equates his decision to move from his liberal-enclave of downtown Denver out to the suburbs to be just as brave as Coffman’s military tours during Desert Storm and the second Iraq war.


It’s more than a week later and Romanoff still has not released any public statements denouncing Dean’s outrageous attacks on Coffman.  Surely, the constituents of CD6 deserve a Congressman who won’t passively stand by as liberal-extremists rant.

Even the Left echo-chamber is beginning to wonder if their hero to the rescue is really a chump; last week they were self-soothing by remembering at least he wasn’t Joe Miklosi; damning with faint praise as Miklosi is viewed as one of the worst candidates in recent Colorado politics.


CARPETBAGGER CONUNDRUM: Why Can’t Democrats Still Not Find CD6 Candidates Who Live In The District?

With word from Politico’s Alex Burns today that Andrew Romanoff is again looking at a CD6 run, this cycle is already beginning to feel like, as Yogi Berra would say, deja vu all over again.

Former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, who helped lead a Democratic resurgence in the state before mounting an unsuccessful 2010 Senate campaign, is considering a run for Congress in 2014. 

Romanoff told POLITICO that he may challenge GOP Rep. Mike Coffman in the upcoming midterm elections. Coffman’s district grew more competitive after the last round of redistricting, and the Republican won reelection with less than 49 percent of the vote in 2012. 

Romanoff said he wasn’t diving into the race just yet, but the 46-year-old ex-legislator is eager to get back into government.

As we reported yesterday, just like last cycle, now-Senate President John Morse is also eyeing the seat currently held by Republican Congressman Mike Coffman.

Both Romanoff and Morse looked at the seat last cycle, and just like last cycle, they still don’t live in the district.

Nor did last cycle’s CD6 Democratic nominee, Joe Miklosi, when he announced his campaign…squandering probably the Dem’s best opportunity to knock off Coffman. Between the high turnout generated by Obama’s unprecedented turnout machine and the fact that many of the voters were new to Coffman due to redistricting, 2012 was probably Dems’ best chance. It’ll be a much more uphill climb in 2014.

How is this still happening? The Democrats drew the freaking district themselves during the redistricting process in 2011. Did the Democrat map drawers not look at where prominent Dems lived before sketching out the lines?


BUZZ: Senator Morse Courting DCCC For Coffman Challenge

Never mind that he doesn’t live in the District, Senate President John Morse (D-Camaro) is reportedly chatting up power-brokers in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) about the possibility of challenging Rep. Mike Coffman in 2014, according to our sources.

Last cycle, Morse was also looking at challenging Coffman, according to Lynn Bartels, but ultimately decided to let Joe Miklosi take the lead on losing the race.

Not living in the district he is seeking to represent would not be new for Morse. In 2006, when he first ran for State Senate he moved into a condo inside the district only days before the deadline to qualify for the district. Candidates must live in a legislative district for at least one year prior to the election.

As a Congressman, Morse would be eligible for a healthy pay raise, jumping from his current salary of $30,000 to $174,000 as a Member of Congress. This may be a consideration for Morse, who was investigated by an Ethics Committee in 2011 for claiming official per diem on days he was playing golf, having dinner with lobbyists and attending political fundraisers.

The Ethics Committee empaneled to investigate Morse, and appointed by then-Senate President Brandon Shaffer, had a Democratic majority and decided not to pursue the charges based on a technicality. But it’s not every day the Senate President decides to formally investigate his own #2.



NATIONAL JOKE: Joe Miklosi’s Horrific First Ad Mocked By The Cook Political Report

Congressional candidate Joe Miklosi has been the subject of much mockery in the Colorado media — from his bill to prevent alleged discrimination against biker gangs to being deemed a “Legislative Loser” by The Denver Post. Now Miklosi is getting ribbed in front of a much more national audience.

In an article by the nonpartisan, and highly regarded, Cook Political Report about strong ads helping vulnerable candidates, there is a bonus section dedicated to poking fun at one of the worst ads this cycle: Joe Miklosi’s.

The article is behind a paywall, but here’s the relevant section.

If you’re looking for proof some media consultants should keep their candidates away from scripts and cameras if they can’t act, look no further than Democratic state Rep. Joe Miklosi’s painful ad against GOP Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado’s 6th CD, which might be one of the reasons his favorable/unfavorable scores are worse than the incumbent’s in some polls.

Check out Miklosi’s monstrosity made for mockery after the jump:



Has Joe Coors Guaranteed The Re-Election Of Mike Coffman & Scott Tipton?

If Joe Coors manages to pull off the upset of the season and defeat Congressman Edwin Perlmutter, Coors will more than likely be the only man in Congress responsible for the election of three different Republican Members of Congress…himself, Mike Coffman and Scott Tipton.

A Coors victory is anything but assured at this point, though it is still in the realm of the very possible. With Mitt Romney pulling ahead and Ed Perlmutter constantly on the defense, a Coors win looks like a 50-50 proposition to us.

The outcome hasn’t yet been determined for Perlmutter and Coors, but what is sure is that Mr. “I Am Not A Beer” has run such a fantastic race that it has forced Democratic donors and Democratic Independent Expenders to focus unexpectedly large sums of money defending a wobbly Perlmutter.

Just ask Sal Pace and Joe Miklosi. They will tell you. Every dollar spent by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and Nancy Pelosi’s House Majority PAC attacking Joe Coors is a dollar that isn’t spent attacking Mike Coffman and Scott Tipton.



PUSH BACK ADS: Coors and Coffman Campaigns Hit Back at Attacks in New TV Spots

The Coors and Coffman Congressional campaigns are out with a new round of ads hitting back at their opponents for misleading and false attack ads. The two ads take different tacks in pushing back, but both play up their strengths.

Coors uses his like-ability to directly counter attacks from Nancy Pelosi’s Super PAC, government worker union AFSCME and even Congressman Edwin Perlmutter himself. (Though it does seem that Perlmutter has become a bit player in his own campaign, with the majority of money and ads hitting Coors coming from out-of-state groups)

Coffman, on the other hand, uses the incompetence of the Miklosi campaign to rehash the brutal truth tests 9News and CBS4 have done on “Not Your Average Joe’s” ads.

Check out the Coors ad here:



EMPTY CHAIRS: If Joe Miklosi Can’t Attract Crowds, How Can He Attract Votes?

The campaign of Denver State Rep. and CD6 Congressional challenger Joe Miklosi has been a textbook example of how not to run for office. The latest reminder of that came today when he held an event to announce a firefighter union endorsement…and no one showed up.

Picture via Denver Post reporter Kurtis Lee’s Twitter feed:

This isn’t even the first time this type of no-show embarrassment has plagued Miklosi’s campaign.

Just last month, Revealing Politics showed up at a “free” Miklosi fundraiser to find a near-empty room.

If Joe Miklosi can’t attract people to his fundraisers and endorsement announcements, how does he ever expect to attract votes in what is supposed to be a competitive district?

Where are the Hells Angels when you need them?


CANADA, EH? NRCC Launches Ad Hitting Joe Miklosi For Support Of Single-Payer Healthcare

The worst Congressional candidate in Colorado is about get hit for the first time on the airwaves. The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) just launched it’s first attack ad smacking Denver State Rep. and CD6 challenger Joe Miklosi for his support of a “government run, Canadian-style” healthcare system in Colorado.

The ad launched as part of a nationwide, $6.3 million ad blitz hitting 26 different Congressional races. In a sign of how far fellow Democrat Congressional candidate Sal Pace’s fortunes have fallen, the NRCC decided he’s doing so poorly they didn’t need to bother wasting money hitting him.

The Miklosi hit also comes before the Denver Democrat has even introduced himself to a district where he remains a virtual unknown commodity.

The attack over healthcare is not just based on Miklosi’s support of Obamacare, but a vote he took in 2009 in the Colorado State House.

Here is how a Rocky Mountain News article described House Bill 1273, which Miklosi co-sponsored, at the time:

A plan to lay the groundwork for a Canadian-style, single-payer universal health care system in Colorado has been introduced by a group of Democrats.

House Bill 1273, sponsored by Rep. John Kefalas, of Fort Collins, and co-sponsored by 18 legislators, would create a privately funded commission to study how a government-funded health care system could work. The goal is to send a single-payer bill to the General Assembly in 2011, he said.

Miklosi is getting hit as, at least according to voter registration numbers, CD6 should be competitive. Miklosi’s pathetic and embarrassing campaign has done their best to ensure it’s an easy re-elect for incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Coffman, but the basic contours of the district will ensure it’ll remain a targeted race.

No word yet on whether Miklosi plans on responding with another awful, awkward infomercial-like spot.


CRAPTASTIC ADS: Miklosi and Pace Release Lame New Spots

Democratic Congressional challengers Sal Pace and Joe Miklosi released what are best described as “craptastic” new ads today.

For Miklosi, it is the first ad of his vastly underfunded campaign, and as The Denver Post‘s Kurtis Lee notes, it doesn’t even try to introduce the little-known Denver State Representative. It’s an odd choice considering Miklosi just moved into the 6th Congressional District in February, and he currently represents a Denver House District that has virtually no overlap with the Congressional District he’s running in, giving him little built-in name ID.

The spot itself is painful to watch. Miklosi’s acting feels like it belongs in a late-night infomercial rather than a contested Congressional race ad. Tell us more, Joe, about how the Juice Cleanse 4000 saved your life.



RACE-BAITING BROMIDES: Miklosi Ally Says Calling Conservatives Racists More Effective Than Discussing Policy

Credit: Facebook

A political ally of Congressional candidate Joe Miklosi told a group of liberal supporters last week that it’s easier and more effective to call conservatives racists than actually debate their policies, The Daily Caller reports.

We’re sure Terrance Carroll would agree.

Per The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas:

A top official at a liberal super PAC with the goal of eradicating tea partiers from Congress is telling activists that it’s more effective to label Republicans as racists than criticize their policies.

According to an audio recording obtained by The Daily Caller, Matthew “Mudcat” Arnold, the national campaign manager of the liberal CREDO super PAC, told a gathering of supporters in Aurora, Colo., on Sept. 8 that they’ve realized “policy did not move voters.”

…Arnold made the comments while discussing the organization’s campaign against Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman. The event at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse was billed as a gathering for “CREDO members and local activists to discuss our campaign to defeat Mike Coffman.

We haven’t seen this reported in any Colorado press yet, but it seems too big for them to ignore forever.

Does Miklosi stand by the race-baiting bromides of CREDO PAC?

This isn’t the first time one of Miklosi’s allies have crossed the line to attack Coffman. In July, Politico reported that “Colorado Fair Share” — a left wing group associated with the Occupy movement — had been stalking Congressman Coffman’s home.

At what point will the Denver Post editorial board and other outlets who love to call out the right for their tactics, stand up and denounce this type of politics?

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