U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s campaign was included in National Journal’s bi-partisan list of this year’s top ten Congressional campaigns. Six Republicans, including high profile Senators Marco Rubio and Rob Portman were included in the list alongside Coffman. That’s pretty impressive company for the suburban Denver lawmaker.
The story remarked that Coffman’s campaign has “long been the model of how House Republicans win campaigns by appealing to voters outside the Republican base,” noting that Coffman won in a district that Hillary Clinton carried easily. It went on to commend Coffman for learning Spanish after his district was re-drawn and easily turning back consecutive general election challenges from “two of the top Democratic recruits in the country.”
If Andrew Romanoff and Morgan Carroll are the top recruits, we say keep recruiting. While they ran bad campaigns, nothing should take away from the effort that Coffman puts into both campaigning and serving his constituents.
Over five Congressional election cycles, Coffman has created a model that is built to last. We’re sure that there are a number of other Congressional districts in the country that are looking very closely at Coffman’s efforts.