Throwback Thursday: Mike Coffman Hearts Marilyn Musgrave

Former Rep. Marilyn Musgrave doesn’t get a lot of press anymore, but back in 2006, Musgrave was Colorado’s foremost culture warrior in Congress. From abortion to the dreaded gays, no wedge issue was too divisive for Musgrave to not champion from her (relatively) safe Republican CD-4 seat in Congress. In the last great Democratic wave election of 2008, Musgrave was toppled by Democrat Betsy Markey largely on the argument that Musgrave was too focused on wedge issues to effectively represent her constituents on issues that matter.

But in 2006, when this picture was taken, Musgrave was still a star–and then-Treasurer Mike Coffman, at the time running for Secretary of State, was a doting groupie (right).

Those were the days, folks.

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  1. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    I remember when Musgrave first ran, there was a debate over whether feminists should support her, just on the strength of her being female.

    Glad those days are over.

    • BlueCatBlueCat says:

      Wow. I was a very active Dem at that point, attending my HD meetings regularly and don't recall any such debate among any Dems I knew. Her policies were not the kind anyone but a radical religious rightie could seriously consider supporting. No more debate than among my fellow HD38 active Dems over Palin. Jeesh.

    • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

      I didn't say that the debate was amongst Dems, rather among independent moderate and radical feminists, although there was certainly overlap.

      As I recall, there were commentators on TV news bluntly stating that Musgrave, as a woman, deserved our support. That her candidacy meant that we had gained ground politically.  Musgrave herself said it. We discussed it briefly, and decided, "Naaaahhhh."

      It was a milestone because for us it marked rejection of identity politics, where you just slap a certain gender or color or ____ on a set of bad policies, then proclaim that they are great policies because of the identity of the speaker.

      • BlueCatBlueCat says:

        Oh. I find it hard to believe any true feminist would support someone with entirely anti-feminist policies (feminists against choice? Equal pay? Seriously?) but it's unsurprising that talking heads on TV would try to make that a "controversy". That's what they do.

        • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

          Not shockingly, most of Musgrave's outspoken supporters early on were Republican women. At that time, one could be a Republican feminist.  Republicans could still be pro-choice and pro-equal rights. NOW had many Republican and conservative women members then – not so much anymore.

          There are still plenty of "identity politics" folks around – Laura Carno of "I am created equal", a significant contributor to the recall elections and a recipient of Koch funding, who uses her gender to say that women hate gun laws and support open carry, women want to have only charter schools, women are deeply suspicious of mail-in ballots, women hate obamacare, women don't want "gubmint messing in their birth control", etc.

          • BlueCatBlueCat says:

            But the overwhelming majority of women don't support them as candidates join them in supporting candidates whose stand on the issues is exactly the same as if they were Republicans with dicks. Just like the overwhelming majority of African Americans don't support African American Republicans whose policies are identical to those of grumpy old Republican white righties. So… it was pretty much a manufactured controversy and had no effect on the outcome of that election, just as Palin didn't cause the women's vote to go to McCain. Republican women voting Republican,  for a male or female, is hardly evidence of intra-feminist feminist controversy on a scale that comes close to mattering. 

            • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

              Trying to pick a fight, BC?

              I'll concede all your points – that smart people vote based on policy, not identity, that Republicans tend to vote for Republicans, etc.

              My original comment was a mere historical note of a time in Denver feminist politics (2003 – when she first ran) when it was still possible to call oneself a Republican and a feminist, and people did. Musgrave was the first Republican woman to be elected from Colorado, and there was controversy and discussion, in many circles. Not those you were part of? Fine. That doesn't invalidate my point of view or experience.

              You may say it doesn't matter, and it's not important to even bring it up, but as you should know by now, your censure has never been enough to shut me up. And it never will be.

    • FrankUnderwood says:

      That would be akin to the Human Rights Campaign Fund supporting former Sen. Larry Craig.

  2. Gray in Mountains says:

    Note the social skills of Coffman. Standing alone, a full arms length from anyone else. Except the African Americans which can be photoshopped onto the right border

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