Democrats Call Coffman on Whiplash-Inducing Reinvention

still-of-steve-martin-and-rick-moranis-in-my-blue-heavenA release today from the Colorado Democratic Party asks rightful questions about the breakneck speed with which Rep. Mike Coffman, formerly representative of arch-conservative firebrand Rep. Tom Tancredo's district with a voting record to match, is seeking to reinvent his public image after barely surviving in his remapped and competitive new district last year:

In yet another signal that Congressman Mike “forcible rape” Coffman knows his re-election is in jeopardy, Coffman today reversed himself and called for a vote on the Senate Violence Against Women Act – a measure that he voted against considering twice.
“Colorado won’t forget that Congressman Mike Coffman joined with Todd Akin and cosponsored a bill to redefine and narrow the definition of rape, and twice last year voted against the Senate Violence Against Women Act,” said Beverly Benvidez Ryken, the Colorado Democratic Party’s 1st Vice Chair. “Congressman Coffman’s attempted makeover just can’t hide his years of voting with the Tea Party fringe and against Colorado women.”

Facts on Coffman's record backing up Democratic skepticism expressed above after the jump. We discussed the recent striking (yet still quite vague) new moderation displayed by Coffman on immigration reform, now calling for much greater leniency towards children in particular than his prior desire to change federal law to exclude so-called "anchor babies" and restrict bilingual ballots–not to mention his judgment that President Barack Obama "is not an American,"–would suggest. This could actually be considered a significant understatement.

Now, the same man who twice voted to stall the Violence Against Women Act calls for its swift passage. What's next? A tribute to Ted Kennedy? A rally with the Teamsters for the Employee Free Choice Act?

You're right, we should stop giving him ideas.


Coffman Joined Congressman Todd Akin in Attempting to Redefine Rape. In 2011, Coffman co-sponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions Act, which would redefine a ban on federal funding for abortions to exempt only “forcible rape” and not “rape” generally. Under the language proposed by the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions Act, rape becomes “forcible rape.” The Washington Post reported that the bill’s critics believed “the modifier could distinguish it from other kinds of sexual assault that are typically recognized as rape, including statutory rape and attacks that occur because of drugs or verbal threats.” [Washington Post, 2/01/11]  [HR 3 Co-Sponsors, 112th Congress]
Coffman Twice Voted Against Considering The Reauthorization Of The Bipartisan Violence Against Women Act. In 2012, Coffman twice voted against considering the reauthorization of the Senate version of VAWA that passed on a bipartisan basis. [Christian Science Monitor, 5/16/12]
March 2012: Coffman Voted to Block the Reauthorization Of The Senate VAWA.  [H Res 597, Vote #139, 3/28/12]
May 2012: Coffman Voted to Block the Reauthorization Of The Senate VAWA. [H.Res. 656, Vote #254, 5/16/12]

The U.S. Senate Voted To Approve The Reauthorization Of VAWA With Broad Bipartisan Support. The U.S. Senate voted to approve the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act by 68 to 31. [S. 1925, Vote 87, 4/26/12]
Coffman Voted Against Increasing Funding for Violence Against Women Prevention Programs. In 2012, Coffman voted against increasing the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women funding by $20.5 million. The additional funding would’ve been used to assist the office with prosecuting cases of domestic violence and assisted with domestic violence prevention measures. [HR 5326, Vote #248, 5/10/12]
Fewer Domestic Violence Cases since Creating the Violence Against Women Act. Since the Violence Against Women Act was first enacted, fewer people are experiencing domestic violence. Between 1993 and 2010, the rate of intimate partner violence declined 67%. Between 1993 and 2007, the rate of intimate partner homicides of females decreased 35% and the rate of intimate partner homicides of males decreased 46%. [White, accessed 2/26/13]


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  1. AristotleAristotle says:

    Coffman is an unprincipled fake, which makes him an ideal Republican. One can only hope that he is alienating the Tancredoites in his district (such as they are since the lines were redrawn) with his pandering.

  2. roccoprahn says:

    What's next on the green zoner's trampoline routine?

    Coming out against "Jessica's Law"?

  3. KeepingItRealinthe303 says:

    Say Anything Coffman vs Reinvention Romanoff

    I have to give both of these clowns credit for doing and saying anything to get elected.

    Can’t wait to see the CO GOP spin and preach about what a great leader of his community Coffman is for doing a quick 180 on so many things. But hey, it’s the party that elected moderate Mike 4 years ago in a primary for Tommy the Tanc’s seat, loved him when he was Rick Perry’s campaign chair for Colorado and loved him even more when he said Obama isn’t an American. Coffman could say just about anything and the good old boys will pour millions into keeping that seat.

    But let’s keep it real. The most impressive and transparent 180 in a desperate attempt to be relevant again is by Reinvention Romanoff.  As in:

    I passed the toughest immigration laws then but now I think it’s terrible Coffman and Republicans are pushing to do what I championed AND

    Washington should have stayed out of Colorado races when I wanted to run against my own party but now they should keep everybody out of MY race AND

    Denver is my home and always will be until I need to move to some other place where I might get elected AND

    Two years ago Michael Bennet was a bad bad man who screwed up DPS and shouldn’t get to be Senator because he did the unthinkable and made money by creating jobs but now I want to be just like him and sure hope all those people who helped him will help me AND

    Those party bosses in DC don’t know what’s best for Colorado but after they told me they’ll make me their favorite candidate and spend lots of money on me I think they’re the bestest AND

    I’ll raise money wherever I can and load up on PAC money to become Speaker but when somebody else raises more that way I’ll say they’re a sellout to evil PACs and special interests.

    In 2010 we saw Romanoff 2.0 and 3.0. Can’t wait to see Reinvention Romanoff spin himself into Romanoff 5.0 or maybe he’ll go back to 1.5 which will be RR1.0 with the Aurora plugin.

    Meanwhile pretty soon Coffman will be denouncing Tancredo, loving Hickenlooper, dodging Peter Boyles’ call, sponsoring a ban on fracking and actually talking to people who aren’t white.

  4. zenarcade says:

    Has Andrew reversed his decision to lose the election before it starts?

  5. DavieDavie says:

    I can't wait for Mikey to switch parties and have a primary race with Andrew!

    It would save time and money, since if Coffman keeps this up, he'll lose his Tea Party support anyway.

    But it's nice if we get a few Dem-leaning votes out of Coffman in the next two years before tossing him out on his keister.

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