Attorney General Cynthia Coffman–To Stay?

A story in the former Colorado Statesman from last Friday stirred up quite a bit of “concern trolling” in Republican circles about the ongoing viability of Attorney General Cynthia Coffman’s gubernatorial campaign. Some are calling Ernest Luning’s story a “Phil Anschutz hit piece,” but the point being made is in our view undeniable:

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman plans to petition her way onto the Republican primary ballot for governor, but her modest fundraising, lack of a statewide organization and late start add up to long odds against her, say two GOP strategists who have managed successful signature-gathering efforts for statewide candidates in recent election cycles.

“It is expensive, it is difficult. I really do think the baseline number you have to spend is $250,000,” said veteran GOP consultant Dick Wadhams, who ran Republican Jack Graham’s U.S. Senate campaign two years ago…

At the beginning of January, according to the most recent campaign finance reports, Coffman had $85,000 on hand, including about $15,000 transferred from her attorney general campaign, while Stapleton had about $875,000 in the bank, Mitchell — who wrote his campaign a $3 million check at its outset — had something over $2 million, and Robinson had about $425,000.

Particularly after the 2016 petition-gathering forgery debacle that derailed Jon Keyser’s campaign for a U.S. Senate seat, anyone hoping to use the petition process to make the ballot for a statewide race in Colorado needs to have ample financial resources on hand. This is necessary both to fund the huge logistical effort required, but also to pay some of the small number of veteran top-shelf professionals who can ethically and legally–or at least legally–get the job done.

And as ex-GOP chairman Dick Wadhams correctly notes, the amount needed is multiples of what Cynthia Coffman has on hand.

For Coffman, the inability to mount a petition campaign on the scale needed to succeed could spell the end. Coffman is effectively barred from seeking a spot on the primary ballot via the assembly process after her role in the intra-party “palace coup” attempt on former GOP chairman Steve House, which has left far more bitter feelings within the party than Coffman would care to admit–not to mention her positions on certain social wedge issues that conservative voters can’t abide.

With all of this in mind, we’re not at all surprised by fresh speculation making the rounds today that Coffman may exit the GOP gubernatorial primary soon and run instead for a second term as attorney general. With Democratic AG candidate Phil Weiser looking strong in that party’s primary and an election year shaping up to be very good for Democrats, there is sound reasoning behind keeping the incumbent AG on the ballot for Republicans. And while it’s true that such a move would be most unfortunate for long-suffering wannabe contender George Brauchler, who himself stepped down from the governor’s race to run for Attorney General…

Eh, whatever. Nobody cares about George Brauchler.

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  1. Moderatus says:

    Reminder: who is Colorado Pols afraid of most in the governor's race?

    Cynthia. Coffman.

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Reminder: who is afraid of the always-fatal Nutlid endorsement?  Cynthia. Coffman. 

    • unnamed says:

      Hey nutlid.  What makes you think we are afraid of "Cynthia. Coffman."?

      Enlighten us.

      Btw, your party is running a candidate for Congress in Illinois who is a bona fide Nazi.  Still want to claim Republicans are not the fascist party?

      • Moderatus says:

        Colorado Pols knows that Cynthia is the greatest threat to Democrats, so they are bashing her every chance they get. It seems Democrats are not the only ones bashing Cynthia, and that's a shame. But it doesn't change Democrat motivations for attacking her. You are desperate for Cynthia to lose the primary……

        • unnamed says:

          Cynthia will lose because she is out of har depth.  Just like you.

          What about your Nazi candidate nutlid?

        • MADCO says:

          She has no money and a weak fundraising track record.

          It's not D's attacking her – it's the Anschutz media and Dan Caplis and others at iHeart KNUS.

          I think she would be a lovely R opponent. OTOH – if she does quit, and file to run as AG again – does she still to petition on?  Or would Brauchler just kick her ass?

          If her opponents really wanted to attack with whisper campaign it wouldn't be about her lack of cash or active campaigning.  It would be her secret plan to primary the R in office CD6 – she would win and that would be amazin'. Or her strange love of reptiles and snakes. Or something , you know, weird and impossible to prove.

          Her campaign has no money and no active campaign events?  That's just plain ole factiness.


        • notaskinnycook says:

          With fundraising numbers like these, she's not even going to be in that primary. Nothing to be scared of.

        • Arvadonian1 says:

          Thankfully, she is cooperating.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      How is your portfolio holding up, Moddy? That tax cut is doing wonders for the economy.

      • Voyageur says:

        On paper, I've lost $25,000 in two days.  Boy, am I tired of winning!

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          It was the same “paper” you had made it on.  Wheel of fortune . . . 

          . . . $25K?!? That’s like 320 years of Costco memberships . . .

        • Davie says:

          The GOP tax cut for the 1% was a suicide vest that just went off:

          And if the recent jump in hourly wages gets pushed up even more by corporations handing out bonuses and pay bumps in the wake of the tax bill, the Fed may be forced to move faster to fight inflation — offsetting the economic benefits of the tax cuts.

          Interest rates are already rising as the government discloses it will have to ramp up borrowing in 2018 to make up for revenue lost to the tax-cut bill. Higher rates on government bonds make stocks look less appealing. They also can make it harder for businesses and consumers to borrow and spend, possibly slowing the economy.

          On top of concerns about rising inflation, the tax cuts are already increasing the federal government’s need to borrow and accelerating the date by which Congress must raise the federal debt limit. And as of Monday, there was still no plan in Washington to raise the limit and avoid a catastrophic default.

          Republicans make lousy doctors, but they insist on legislating how doctors must do their jobs.  Turns out they are even more incompetent at economics.  Stagflation, here we come 🙁

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    Overheard yesterday noon at the entrance to my local King Soopers:

    Petitioner:  Are you a fellow Republican?

    Respondent:  Not even on my worst day!

  3. RepealAndReplace says:

    So if she does go back to running for AG, will she have to face off with Broccoli in a primary? Because neither one of them has the $$$ to run a primary campaign.

    Maybe he will just need to be content going back to Centennial and tweeting during death penalty trials.

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