PeakNation™, we’ve already written on what Gen. Eric Shinseki’s resignation means for Rep. Mike Coffman– a man who has been on the VA’s ass for the past year, and one of the first to call for Shinseki to step down. But, what about the rest of the Colorado’s Congressional delegation? Where do they fall on this shameful act of negligence to our veterans? Let’s find out.
The No-Action Caucus: Rep. Diana Degette, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. Ed Perlmutter, Sen. Michael Bennet
Faced with a mounting pile of evidence of the VA’s incompetence and willful deceitfulness, the majority of Colorado’s Democratic Congressional Caucus felt there was no need to demand a change in leadership. Apparently, this whole unmitigated disaster was not a failure in leadership. Then again, with Gov. John Hickenlooper being the head of the Colorado Democrats right now, it’s possible Colorado Dems aren’t quite sure what leadership looks like anymore.
The Trail-Blazers Caucus: Rep. Mike Coffman, Rep. Cory Gardner, Rep. Doug Lamborn, Rep. Scott Tipton
While Coffman arguably led all of Congress in this fight, Gardner and Lamborn were both quick to recognize the grave nature of this issue. As early as May 8th, Gardner was out front calling on Shinseki to resign for failing our veterans. At the same time, Lamborn’s position on the Veterans Affairs Committee gave him an opportunity to be one of the first members of Congress to dig deep into this mess. Tipton used his vote on H.R. 4031 and a Memorial Day press release to attack the VA’s gross mismanagement.
The Oh-S*#@, I’m Running for Reelection Caucus: Sen. Mark Udall
Udall was only stirred to action this past week after robocalls started going out against him and other vulnerable Democrats. It’s disturbing it took a public shaming campaign for him to finally be spurred to action. Veterans in Colorado and across our country who have fought for our freedoms were being neglected, and yet, Udall does nothing about it until his political career is threatened. A man who thinks in such craven, political terms does not deserve to represent Colorado anymore.