When Governor Bill Ritter signed a bipartisan bill last year to put the brakes on the Army’s use of eminent domain to steal ranch land from Coloradans and turn it into a mini-Afghanistan right in the middle of our square state, Mike Coffman fired off an official press release calling the governor a terrorist sympathizer.
Last week, Mike Coffman spanked young Josh Penry for pandering to eastern plains farmers and ranchers, and then took another shot at Governor Ritter:
[It] is obvious by the actions of Penry, who co-sponsored HB 1317, and Gov. Bill Ritter, who signed it into law, that both made their decision on the basis of a political calculation without any regard for the men and women in uniform who serve this nation in defense of our freedom. [TW Emphasis]
In the ensuing time, Dick Wadhams apparently tossed some cold water on Coffman. He’s now groveling to Penry for being a rage-aholic:
Having been responsible for the lives of subordinate Marines in combat, this need strikes an emotional chord with me.
However, I made the classic mistake of a combat veteran, confusing those emotions with the motives of others who may differ on military matters but who care as deeply as I do about the men and women who serve our nation in uniform. For that, I apologize to Josh Penry.
Coffman credits a letter from State Sen. Ken Kester for setting him straight. But Kester didn’t ask Coffman to apologize to Penry:
I certainly don’t expect Coffman to apologize to me or any of my colleagues in the Senate that he so gratuitously insulted in his op-ed, but he most certainly owes an apology to the many men and women of southeast Colorado who have honorably served our country in defense of our rights and freedoms – including the right to private property.
So where’s that apology to the troops, Mike Coffman? And how about the Commander in Chief of the Colorado National Guard, Governor Bill Ritter?