PeakFeed: Coffman’s First Ad Talks Bipartisan Support of Women

In the first television ad from Rep. Mike Coffman, Coffman sets the record straight about his support of women.  Not only does the ad highlight his work in the Colorado state legislature to prohibit health insurers from gender discrimination in pricing for which the Colorado Women’s Lobby honored him, but he also talks about his support for sexual assault reform in the military and for the Violence Against Women Act.  In his press release, Coffman says that he is particularly proud of the bipartisan work that led to the sexual assault reform in the military.  From the press release:

“I am proud that Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier and I were able to pass legislation strengthening protections for victims of sexual assault in the military.  We must never let the young men and women who risk their lives defending our country fear retaliation for coming forward against their assailants.”

Watch the ad below:

From the ad:

Voice Over: “Disturbing reports of sexual assault in the military. A marine, Mike Coffman, took action, passing a bipartisan bill with stronger protections for victims. It’s not the first time.  Coffman made Colorado a leader in ending gender discrimination, preventing insurance companies from charging women more than men. And, Coffman bucked his own party to help pass the violence against women act.”

Woman: “It’s nice to know someone has our back, that’s Mike Coffman.”

 

DEATH TO GOP: A Cause SEIU Can Believe In

In an era when political rancor runs high and the general public is searching for leaders to break through the din, yesterday, a union political organization stood out.  Not for taking a leadership role, but for being exceptionally rancorous. In July, liberal Rep. Crisanta Duran was caught chanting “Death to Colorado GOP” – totally unbecoming of an elected official, regardless of whether she agrees with those across the aisle or not. We called her out on it.

Yesterday, the Service Employees International Union finally responded to the tweet…after an entire month had passed.  Here’s what the SEIU had to say about Colorado GOP:

SEIU Local 105, is death to GOP a cause you believe in?  We certainly hope not.  Then again, without Colorado members of the GOP, SEIU might save a significant amount of money.

Since 2000, SEIU and its various entities have spent nearly $8 million to influence state and local races (donating exclusively to Democrats and their causes, of course).  This cycle, SEIU has spent at least $75,000 against federal candidate U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, and almost as much against Rep. Cory Gardner, who is running against liberal Sen. Mark Udall.

But, beyond the cost savings realized if all Colorado GOP candidates, um, died, we’re pretty sure there are at least a few GOP union members. No wonder union membership is at an all-time low.  Who wants to belong to a union that calls for its members’ deaths?

 

Peak Feed: Congressman Coffman Challenges Romanoff to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

UPDATE: Andrew Romanoff has graciously accepted the challenge and is looking for folks to nominate.  Have a favorite politician?  Suggest it to him via Twitter.

If you haven’t seen the ice bucket challenge all over Facebook and beyond, you must be living under a rock.  Just in case you don’t know what we’re talking about, here’s the gist. It’s a viral campaign to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), perhaps more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a devastating progressive degenerative neurological disease. Most patients survive just two to five years after diagnosis.  Those challenged with the Ice Bucket Challenge either have 24 hours to dump a bucket of ice over their heads or donate $100 to the ALS Association. U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman was nominated.  The video below shows him accepting it. He has now nominated his challenger, Andrew Romanoff.  Coffman was a good sport, even agreeing to donate one dollar for every “like” his post receives.  Will Romanoff take him up on the challenge?

From Coffman’s challenge to Romanoff:

“Hi, everyone, I’m Mike Coffman and I’m running for re-election to Congress from Colorado’s Sixth District.I was challenged by Jenny Ly to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I wanted to have the opportunity to participate in such a great cause to raise awareness and funds to combat this terrible disease.  ALS affects tens of thousands of Americans and their families every year. I hope this ALS challenge plays a part in bringing us closer to a cure.  In addition to completing the challenge, I also will be donating one dollar for every like this video receives. Let’s help get the word out about ALS. To learn more about this disease, I encourage you to visit www.alsa.org.

In the spirit of forming a united front to fight this disease, I nominate my opponent Andrew Romanoff.  You have 24 hours to complete the challenge or donate $100 to the ALS Association. I hope you can join me in raising awareness for ALS.”

 

GLASS HOUSES: Romanoff Asks Supporters to Sign Petition to Stop Negative Campaigning

What? Me? Run a dirty campaign?

When an astute reader emailed us a link to liberal Sixth Congressional District candidate, Andrew Romanoff’s tweet suggesting that U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman follow Andy’s lead in refraining from personal attacks, we thought perhaps it was a joke.  But, here is the tweet:

The link leads to a petition that idiots Coloradans can sign.  The reason this is funny?  Romanoff is known for running dirty, nasty campaigns filled with personal attacks. It was so bad, in fact, that in 2010, now-Senator Michael Bennet had this to say about Romanoff’s campaigning:

From the beginning of the ad:

“The Denver Post speaks out, calling Andrew Romanoff’s TV attacks ‘sleazy, misleading, and below the belt. We don’t need another politician willing to grossly distort reality.’”

The Denver Post article in question also called Romanoff’s ad “cynical politics at its worst”. So, when Andy Romanoff’s campaign asks a war veteran to follow his lead in running a clean campaign, we just have to laugh.  It’s almost as bad as asking a group of immigration activists to follow someone’s lead and, then, leaving them with a mess to clean up.  That was Andrew Romanoff, too.

Wethinks Romanoff might not know the definition of “lead”.  Even worse, Romanoff’s attacks are  examples of gross hypocrisy.  We’d offer the age-old saying that people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, but he sold his last house to fund his failing campaign in 2010, so not sure if that would apply here….

 

CHILDREN’S GAMES: Let’s “Chalk Up” Romanoff’s Dreamers Protest to Hypocrisy

In a story first reported by Complete Colorado, it would appear that Sixth Congressional District liberal candidate Andrew Romanoff is more of a child than even we imagined.  It turns out that he helped protesters chalk up the sidewalk outside of U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s Congressional office.  The sidewalk art was part of a misguided (see leadership above) protest by “Dreamers” against Coffman’s stance on immigration.  The only problem is that Coffman actually supports Dreamers’ path to citizenship.  From a February 2013 Denver Post article:

“At a church in Aurora on Sunday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman told a standing-room-only crowd of roughly 800 that he was in favor of legal status for illegal immigrants and a path to citizenship for their children.”

Perhaps even weirder, Romanoff who led this charge, has been accused (by the Latino community) of throwing the Latino community under the bus.  So, we’re not even sure where Romanoff gets the idea that he has any kind of street creds to lead a protest on an issue that broadly impacts the this community.

At some point, the art session was put to a stop by building manager Quyet Dang, who told Romanoff and his team that he would call the police if they didn’t clean up the chalk as the building is home to several other businesses.

The chalking appears to be part of a so-called march with a paltry eight to ten participants.  While Dang acknowledged the protesters’ right to speak out, he suggested they try a different approach.

According to Complete Colorado, “chalking a sidewalk may or may not be a citable offense, and the question could turn on the discretion of the officer or attorney in charge.”

But, the real question here is do we want a guy who resorts to such childish games to score political points?  Next, will Romanoff tee-pee Coffman’s house? Or maybe Romanoff could lead a protest of women looking for equal pay at Sen. Mark Udall’s office.  Tell you what, Andy, we’ll even front for the chalk.

 

HAT TRICK: Polis Vs. Udall, Hickenlooper, and Romanoff on Fracking Ban Initiatives

“It’s my party, I can cry if I want to”

Liberal Rep. Jared Polis has been sent to time out.  First, Governor Hickenlooper surprised the world by declaring attempts to call a special session over (note: this happened while most of his staff is on vacation).  Then, embattled Sen. Mark Udall and Andrew Romanoff (D-Still Deciding), who is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District, came out against Initiative 88 and 89.

Then, we received notice that Hickenlooper would be holding a press conference this afternoon to also denounce these ill-conceived initiatives.

This means that Polis is all alone in his corner with his radical environmentalists.  This cannot be how he imagined it would go down.  But, perhaps he shouldn’t be surprised.

The three who have banded together to denounce Polis’ temper tantrum-induced initiatives just happen to be Udall, who is stinking it up in the polls (see: Quinnipiac, Gravis); Hickenlooper, who is behind in polling compared to his Republican opponent Bob Beauprez; and Romanoff, who is facing an uphill climb against one of the hardest working Congressmen out there.  Is it any wonder that the three of them are sprinting toward the center on this (or any) issue?

Beyond the success of the initiatives, at stake for Polis is the possibility of leading the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  Word on the Hill is that he’s still angling for the job.  But, now that his fellow Democrats have already coalesced against Polis’ ballot initiatives to save their own hides come November, has Polis lost much of his leverage?

 

DESPERATE TIMES: Left Attacks Coffman On Troops

How dumb are liberals?  Nope, that’s not the start of a joke PeakNation™, it’s a legitimate question.  A new ad has gone up on TV by an extreme left group called VoteVets.org.  In it they attack Rep. Mike Coffman for not fighting for our troops.  Yep, you heard that right.  Mike Coffman— the Mike Coffman who served in both Iraq wars, the Mike Coffman who is leading the charge to improve the VA’s hospital care of veterans, the Mike Coffman who has been labeled as a “relentless defender” for veterans— is now not fighting for our troops.  Watch this absurdity:

Even Coffman’s opponent, Andrew Romanoff, said no one can question Coffman’s patriotism.  If Romanoff truly feels this way, and it’s not just empty campaign rhetoric, he should immediately call for this ad to be taken down.

The absurdity of the ad goes beyond questioning Coffman’s commitment to American troops by asserting that “America’s addiction to foreign oil helps fund the same terrorists that who would harm our troops fighting overseas.”  Know what would help reduce America’s addiction to Middle Eastern oil? Producing more natural gas domestically through fracking, and completing the Keystone XL pipeline that would increase the oil imported from our friendly neighbor to the north, Canada.

Coffman’s campaign responded immediately by unleashing one of the many veterans who are for Coffman.  As Kurtis Lee from The Denver Post reports:

In an email blast from the Coffman campaign Tuesday, Mort Marks, a WWII veteran and Arapahoe County Realtor, castigates the group for targeting Coffman, who himself served in the U.S. Army and Marine Corp. and did tours in Iraq.

“One of the brave men who has voluntarily served our nation in great and grave conflicts is our Congressman, Mike Coffman. Mike is the only member of Congress to have served in both Iraq wars,” writes Marks. “Mike is a veterans’ veteran.”

If the left and Democrats are already resorting to such blatantly false attacks, the numbers must be horrible for Romanoff.  Which means it’s only a matter of time before his newest campaign manager gets the ax.

 

WAR ON WOMEN: Sexist Former Governor Schweitzer Once Raised Money for Romanoff

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s searing criticism of Former Montana Governor Schweitzer’s ridiculously sexist comments inspired some pretty damning headlines yesterday.  But, Coffman’s opponent, Andrew Romanoff, was silent on the matter.  And, now we know why – Schweitzer was in Colorado seven months ago stumping for Romanoff.

In case you missed the furor, here’s the Mediaite report on this:

“Schweitzer said that Cantor sets off his gaydar and that Feinstein was ‘the woman who was standing under the streetlight with her dress pulled all the way up over her knees, and now she says, ‘I’m a nun,’ when it comes to this spying!’”

Calling Diane Feinstein a prostitute-turned-nun is probably not the way to win friends and influence people, so we have to ask – will Romanoff denounce his fundraiser buddy’s comments?  We’ve reached out to his campaign for comment.  They responded with [drum roll] silence.

This is not the first time that a Romanoff fundraiser has sparked controvery, however.  Howard Dean came to town to raise cash for Romanoff, too.  And, he had some choice opinions like “Republicans are not Americans” and “Republicans should stay away from our country”.

They say you are who your friends are.  Perhaps this was never more true in this instance – Andy likes to portray himself as a moderate, but the truth is that he’s extremely partisan.

 

MONEY NO OBJECT: NRCC Drops Massive Ad Buy For Coffman

PeakNation™, if you don’t love political ads, you may want to move out of Colorado come Labor Day.  Local TV stations may soon be tempted to do their best imitations of Scrooge McDuck if the political ad buys keep flooding in like this.  Yesterday, it was reported by Politico that the National Republican Congressional Committee Independent Expenditure Unit has bought $3.3 million of airtime in the Denver area:

…the NRCC will pour more than $3 million into the race to defend Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado. Coffman and Democrat Andrew Romanoff are engaged in a hugely expensive fight over this seat in the Denver suburbs.

…CO-06: $3,300,000 (Denver broadcast) Mike Coffman

This is more than double the amount of ad time the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is reported to have bought ($1.4M) back at the end of May.  Such a disparate in ad buys will mean Andy Romanoff will have to eat a lot more crab later this summer when he attends a fundraiser for him hosted by Nancy Pelosi, and Democratic Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley out on Maryland’s swanky eastern shore.  Sure, the optics of having a fundraiser with prominent far-left Democratic coastal elites will rub Coloradans wrong, but, let’s be honest, Romanoff can’t afford to have them here after what happened at his last fundraiser with an out-of-touch Democrat.

Then again, we here at the Peak could be reading this whole Maryland fundraiser completely wrong; Andy may be going out there for a job interview.  Having to fire his BFF campaign manager for incompetence makes us believe Romanoff will need to find a job come November.

 

PRIMARY MONEY: Quick Roundup Of Most Recent Fundraising Numbers

With primary ballots already out, and the last day to turn in ballots (June 24th) rapidly approaching, candidates across the state just released their fundraising numbers for the last reporting period (4/1-6/4):

US Senate:

The Starboard Group, the people in charge of Cory Gardner’s fundraising, are reporting he raised $1.5M during the pre-primary period and now has $3M+ cash on hand (COH).

Meanwhile, Chris Harris, Kansas native and Sen. Mark Udall’s campaign spokesman, is reporting Udall raised $1.7M and has $5.6M COH.  Hopefully all that money can undo the political damage he will cause himself when he stands next to President Obama next month.

CO-06:

The Denver Post is reporting Rep. Mike Coffman raised $336K and now has $1.96M COH.

They are also reporting Andy Romanoff (D- Carpetbag) raised $465K and now has $2.3M COH.  Rumor has it, Romanoff will try to use that money to cut out ten square blocks from his old, deeply blue, heart of Denver district, and transport it to the suburbs.  Like a guy who leaves New York City and complains he can’t find a good bagel anymore, Romanoff will be sure to include “this little, local place I used to walk to everyday that has fair-trade, organic coffee from a little farm in Costa Rica where they allow the coffee beans to be free-range.”

CO-04:

The race for Cory Gardner’s House seat is heating up with each candidate posting some of their strongest numbers yet.

Ken Buck

Raised: $153K

COH: $144K

 

Steve Laffey

Raised: $56K

COH: $80K

Personal Loan: $350K

 

Scott Renfoe

Raised: $55K

COH: $33K

Personal Loan: $200K

 

Barbara Kirkmeyer

Raised: $43K

COH: $27K

 

We’ll keep updating as more numbers roll in (we’re looking at you Lamborn and Bentley).

 
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