Romanoff Fires Back At Misleading Pro-Coffman Ad

The Washington Post reports today on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's new ad campaign in support of Republican candidates, including Colorado's Cory Gardner and Mike Coffman:

Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber will start running 13 new ads today on behalf of Senate and House Republicans in what spokeswoman Blair Holmes described as a "massive campaign." The chamber on Tuesday dropped almost $660,000 on broadcast and cable ads in the Denver, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction markets on behalf of Senate candidate Cory Gardner. They'll feature a small business owner in a new ad for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, too.

— The Chamber is spending on behalf of former Rep. Doug Ose (R-Calif.), Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.), Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), former Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.), Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.), former Massachusetts state Sen. Richard Tisei (R), Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.), businessman Stuart Mills in Minnesota's 8th District, Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) and Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.).

We'll get to the U.S. Chamber's ad for Cory Gardner in due course. You can see the Chamber's ad running on behalf of Rep. Mike Coffman at the top of this post, an over-the-top fluffy, positive 30-second spot–check out the incredibly cheesy grin on the photo of Coffman at 0:13 if you don't believe us. Nonetheless, Coffman's Democratic opponent Andrew Romanoff was quick to respond in a release a short while ago that the ad is seeking to "erase" Coffman's record on immigration:

A new television ad released today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce attempts to recast one of Colorado’s leading opponents of immigration reform. The ad describes Congressman Mike Coffman as a fighter for “bipartisan immigration reform,” a fabrication at odds with Coffman’s long record of opposition to reform.

“Congressman Coffman has voted against immigration reform at every turn, and no amount of special-interest money can erase his record,” Romanoff spokeswoman Denise Baron said in response to the ad. “Congressman Coffman called the DREAM Act a ‘nightmare’ and voted twice in the last year to resume deportation of 800,000 DREAMers. Congressman Coffman cosponsored a proposal to deny U.S. citizenship to the American-born children of undocumented residents.

“Andrew is the only candidate in this race who supports a comprehensive measure to reform our broken immigration system. Unlike his opponent, Andrew has endorsed the bipartisan Senate bill and has called on Speaker Boehner to allow a vote on that bill in the House.”

As we've discussed in this space at length, all salient points. The fact is, Coffman has not signed on to the bipartisan immigration reform bill in the House, H.R.15, though other "pro-immigration" Republicans like Rep. Jeff Denham have done so. That's what most people would think about a supporter of "bipartisan immigration reform," after all–that the "supporter" in question has actually signed on to a bipartisan immigration reform bill.

As of now, Coffman's support for "bipartisan immigration reform" exists only in the form of lip service.

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  1. DawnPatrol says:

    Another day, another pack of lies and distortions from the anti-American right.

    The 2014 GOP: no honor, no ethics, no morals, no integrity. Only lies.

    Kick 'em in their empty political sacks, AR. No prisoners.

    • ModeratusModeratus says:

      Andrew Romanoff passed "the toughest immigration law in America."

      Romanoff is a hypocrite…

      • BlueCatBlueCat says:

        Thought you guys loved that stuff. 

        • ModeratusModeratus says:

          It doesn't matter how I feel about it. Romanoff is a hypocrite. You yourself have said so, BlueCat.

          • BlueCatBlueCat says:

            I have said that his attempt to make himself out to be significantly (or even slightly at the time) left of Bennet for the purpose of that primary was ridiculous and born of petulance and spite. Saying so gave me no pleasure as I had always thought a lot of Romanoff prior to that epic prolonged hissy fit. He accomplished a lot of good things during his time in the state legislature, not least of which was getting lots of Dems elected.

            His misguided attempt failed. A lot has changed on many fronts since Romanoff was Speaker and also since the attempt to unseat Bennet.

            I don't expect any pol to be Mother Teresa in a suit. And, of course, Romanoff isn't running against Mother Teresa. He's running against Coffman. Andrew would have to come up with several dozen completely cynical flip flops between now and the election to offer Coffman any competition on that front. 

            Bottom line: Who is the better candidate to represent the voters of CD6 today? Romanoff is superior to Coffman by every relevant measure I, a CD6 voter, can think of. 

            I think you'll find Dems have less of a need to enshrine their politicians than you Republicans do, you who still insist on regarding Reagan as a saint despite the fact he'd never even make it through one of your primaries in a red state today. We don't need to pretend our people can do no wrong. That's for children and righties.

      • DavieDavie says:

        Right, Moddy, and Andrew accepts MILLIONS in campaign contributions.  That's heresy isn't?

        God, you nutwingers that took over the Republican Party are a laugh a minute!

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