Cynthia Coffman’s Gubernatorial Campaign is a Disaster

Republican Cynthia Coffman might be better off waving a white flag when it comes to her gubernatorial campaign.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman announced two weeks ago that she would seek the Republican gubernatorial nomination rather than running for re-election in 2018. We weren’t alone in wondering why it took Coffman more than a year to make a decision on what race to run in 2018, and the long delay apparently wasn’t because she was taking extra time to prepare for a run for Governor.

As Joey Bunch writes in two separate stories for the publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman, Coffman’s gubernatorial campaign is an absolute mess. In an early preview of a longer story for “Colorado Politics” magazine, Bunch wrote on Friday that it is not clear who, if anyone, is even running the Coffman campaign:

When Coffman officially announced her candidacy for governor on Nov. 8, the Denver Post reported, “To run her campaign, Coffman hired Clinton Soffer, the former regional political director for the National Republican Senate Committee, where he worked for Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, whom he helped elect in 2014.”

After I got a well-sourced tip Thursday that Soffer was no longer running the campaign, I reached out to Coffman’s campaign fundraiser Caroline Wren, who also is fielding calls to Coffman from the media this week.

“Clinton Soffer is a part of Team Cynthia, but he is not campaign manager and was never announced by our campaign as such,” said Wren.

Bunch says that Coffman’s campaign never responded to questions about how or why Soffer was misidentified in the Denver Post story, though Coffman “spokesperson” Caroline Wren did eventually tell Bunch that Coffman would only respond to written questions submitted in advance via e-mail…which is a completely absurd thing to stipulate for someone seeking the top office in Colorado.

Coffman did apparently participate in a brief telephone interview with Bunch at some point, which left many more unanswered questions. Here’s an excerpt from Bunch’s full story for “Colorado Politics” magazine (click for PDF version):

Platform, money and momentum are not on her side, according to my very round circle of Republican sources…

…In a way-too-short scheduled phone interview, Coffman assured me my Republican sources are in the minority of her party, but she would have to get back to me on explaining why when she had more time.

Bunch writes that he could not clarify Coffman’s position on the issue of abortion, which has stirred commentary from right-wing radio pundits (Coffman’s spokesperson says that she will discuss her position on abortion “when the time’s right,” whatever that means). In response to a question about how Coffman will address the “Coffmangate” scandal from 2015, Bunch writes the following:

“Frankly, I’m not going to spend time on it,” Coffman told me when I asked about it, then she deflected other questions and reminded me that my time was running out.

It isn’t just questions about prior scandals that Coffman is ducking. This paragraph near the end of Bunch’s magazine story is particularly strange:

On the issues, Coffman didn’t have a plan to fund transportation, potentially a huge issue for the next governor, but she’s working on it. She asked me, jokingly, if I wanted to join the campaign to help figure it out.

Whaaaaa???

At the height of the “Coffmangate” scandal in June 2015, we wrote in this space that Coffman’s political career was all but over; we speculated, in part, that Coffman would have trouble running another statewide campaign because she would have a difficult time finding a competent staff that wasn’t scared away by her awkward backstabbing.

Perhaps Coffman will ultimately figure out how to be a viable candidate for Governor. Perhaps she will eventually be able to hire campaign staff that have some idea of what they are doing.

Or, perhaps, Cynthia Coffman’s gubernatorial bid is a complete fool’s errand.

17 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    Steve House:  He’s tanned.  He’s rested. And, he’s ready . . . 

    . . . besides even though Moderatus pretends to hate him (doth protest a bit too much?), I think secretly he’s a big fan (and more than a little jealous)!

  2. unnamed says:

    I know what you're doing Pols and it won't work.

  3. Pseudonymous says:

    Or, perhaps, Cynthia Coffman’s gubernatorial bid is a complete fool’s errand.

    If you want Moderatus to white knight it and run Coffman's campaign, just come out and say it, Pols.

  4. ModeratusModeratus says:

    This is a hit piece. Colorado Pols and Joey Bunch don't know anything.

    • Pseudonymous says:

      A trait they apparently share with Ms. Coffman.

    • DavieDavie says:

      "Hit Piece", Moldy?  More like a Home Run 😉

    • unnamed says:

      It's rigged!!!!!  Rigged, I tell you!!!!!   The grasp of Steve House reaches up from the political grave!!!

    • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

      My analysis that I have gleaned from others (worth what you pay for it, which is nothing) 

      Tancredo is running this race for the GOP.  You are either for him or against him.  Walker Stapleton might be able to muster up enough “not-Tancredo” votes to deny Tancredo.  Cynthia Coffman, with her barely concealed social progressivism and questionable political history, will find it nearly impossibly challenging to do that, even in a two person race.

      So basically, it seems at this juncture as if Cynthia’s presence had but one purpose: to deny Stapleton a slim chance of edging out Tancredo.

      Tinfoil alert: Wasn’t Tancredo in the room with Coffman at Coffmangate?

  5. JohnInDenver says:

    I haven't been around an announced state-wide campaign that did not have a campaign director and a designated spokesperson/media contact. Glancing at her website, http://www.cynthia2018.com/index.html, much of the content is announcing her action as Attorney General. I don't find anything specifically on ANY issue.

    When asked about a central concern of "abortion," Republican candidates generally have a consistent, crisp answer (Donald Trump, apparently, is the exception to prove the rule). Going to silence is not a way to win friends or influence people.

     

  6. gertie97 says:

    Ray Scott? At least it would get him out of Mesa County.

     

  7. RepealAndReplace says:

    This has all the trappings of the S.S. Bob Beauprez circa 2006 headed for the iceberg.

    Stay the course, General Coffman. Some day they will thank you.

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