Coffman on Campaigning With Trump: Maybe In Six Months!

Rep. Mike Coffman (R).

A story from Buzzfeed News late yesterday is raising eyebrows in Colorado after some fascinating quotes from Rep. Mike Coffman on the matter of campaigning with President Donald Trump this year–would it help Coffman? Would it hurt him?

“Each district is different, and probably in mine it probably wouldn’t be helpful,” Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman, who represents a swing district that is a perennial Democratic target, told BuzzFeed News.

That position, though, is rarely said openly, with some Republicans careful to avoid publicly belittling a president who closely tracks slights. Coffman, just moments after making those comments, flagged BuzzFeed News down again to clarify. “Right now I don’t think it would be helpful. I don’t know what the future’s gonna be, I mean, who knows what it’s gonna be, six months from now whether it would be helpful or not,” [Pols emphasis] he said. “Certainly today it would not be. I mean, right now it would not be helpful.”

Given that Mike Coffman ran in 2016 arguably the most anti-Trump Republican campaign of anyone who wasn’t running against Trump, it’s quite a shock to see him equivocate about whether Trump would be a help on the campaign trail–enough that he left the door open to doing so if Trump’s political fortunes were to improve. In a district that Hillary Clinton carried by nine points in 2016, Coffman’s waffling on this essential question doesn’t help him politically at all.

In fact, Coffman’s need to “flag down” this reporter to clarify that he might be okay with campaigning with Trump “six months from now” invites the charge that his values shift with the prevailing winds.

Which, our readers know, his critics on both sides have said since 2011.

18 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. ModeratusModeratus says:

    In six months Trump will be fine to campaign with. The economy will be booming and Americans will have more money in their pockets. Sorry Democrats, but you're going to lose the war of public opinion to cold hard cash.

    • PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

      itlduso says:

      January 11, 2018 at 9:54 AM MST

      Here are the results for a family of 4 making $60,000 in W-2 income:

      Loss of personal exemptions                +$16,200  increase in taxable income

      Increase in standard deduction              (-11,300)

      Net Increase in Fed taxable income       +$4,900

      Increase in Federal taxes applying 2018 rates versus 2017 rates:  +$203

      Increase in CO taxes due to increase in Fed taxable income            +$227

      Net Tax Increase for family of four making $60,000 W-2 income   +$430 !!!

      Conclusion: Wow. 

      • Old Time Dem says:

        Unfortunately, that analysis is wrong since it doesn't account for the impact of child tax credits.

        There are, however, many Americans who will not benefit–generally, single people, childless couples, married couples with older children, taxpayers for whom the child credit phases out, taxpayers whose state and local tax deductions are limited, etc.

    • unnamed says:

      Pseudonym.  I was going to post what you just posted.

      Also.  Nutlid.  Why do you think with Trump's approval stalling, Dems with a double-digit GCB lead, people disapproving of your whole agenda, and your embrace of sexual predators that things will just get better for the Gross Old Perverts?  

      Since you say the Gross Old Perverts support "due process".  What part of "LOCK HER UP" is due process?

    • JohnInDenver says:

      It worked so well for Democrats the last time we had a tax cut …. Right, Moderatus?

      Heard today that Walmart will be boosting base pay from $10 to $11 per hour, costing about $300 million. There will be some bonuses, too, averaging about $190 per associate — taking a total package up to about $700 million.  Think Progress does the math, and comes up with "the corporate tax cut is worth at least $1.85 billion to Walmart every year." Next year, out of every $100, $37 to employees and $63 to the corporation. 

      No word yet whether the employees of the numerous Sam's Clubs announced to be closing will be eligible for that bonus or not.


  2. rathmone says:

    Maybe by "the future" Mike meant 24 hours from now when Trump calls the native countries of a sizeable number of my constituents, a "shithole."

  3. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Newsflash for Moderatus: the economy was already booming before the 2016 election. 

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