Farber Will Help Coffman

As the Denver newspaper reported yesterday, Republican Rep. Mike Coffman got some good news recently.

Two of Colorado’s most prominent political fundraisers, attorneys Steve Farber and Norm Brownstein, will be raising money for Coffman’s re-election in CD-6 rather than supporting Democratic challenger Joe Miklosi. Farber and Brownstein have a history of supporting candidates from both sides of the aisle, but they tend to back Democrats more often than Republicans. The fact that Farber is going to help Coffman raise money is a pretty significant blow to Miklosi; after all, Farber could have stayed on the sidelines if he wasn’t enthralled with the Democratic candidate.

As we’ve said time and again in this space, fundraising at high levels is mostly about trying to get in with the candidate most likely to win. For Farber to make this decision this early is a pretty good indicator that Miklosi is rapidly losing the perception battle among those who write the big checks.

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  1. caroman says:

    I got this just yesterday from Mike Coffman:

    “The 6th Congressional District is now rated one of the ten most competitive congressional districts in the country…out of 435!”

    The same message was made by the Miklosi supporters at the caucus.

    So, if this is such a competitive district why are Farber and Brownstein bailing??

    I guess we live by the rich guys and die by the rich guys.

    • JeffcoBlue says:

      1. I read this story.

      2. It pisses me off.

      3. I visit http://joemiklosi.com/ and make a donation.

      4. I feel like we don’t quite live and die by the rich guys just yet.

      • nancycronk says:

        Here’s as far as I got:

        Colorado Attorney and political fundraiser  Steve Farber was recently quoted to say, “Mike (Coffman) is an old friend… when your friend runs for office, you support them.”

        As a principled Democrat, I’d invite my Republican friends to dinner. I’d babysit their children. I’d bring them something to comfort them if they had a death in the family. I’d loan them a couple hundred bucks to get their car towed. I might shovel their snow when they’re on vacation. I’d be a shoulder to cry on when they got divorced. I may help them move. I might even donate a kidney if they needed one… but I’d never vote for them.

        I don’t care how close a friend or family member  they are. If they don’t value human rights the way I do — a person’s right to marry the person they love regardless of their gender, the right for both genders to make decisions over their own bodies, the right to practice the religion of one’s choice without intimidation or persecution — then, I won’t help them gain public office. They haven’t earned it, in my eyes.

        That is why I am flabbergasted, baffled, and disappointed that someone who shares my faith, a faith which overwhelmingly supports being pro-choice, pro-marriage equality, and pro-separation of church and state, could back someone like Tea Party Caucus member Mike Coffman… for no other reason than because they are friends.

        Sorry, Steve Farber, not all of us would sell out our principles for a friend. Someone who counseled a pregnant eleven year old girl at a crisis center whose mother was an alcoholic, and whose father was the unemployed rapist-father of her baby, wouldn’t vote for someone who would force that little girl into bringing another child into such an environment. Those of us who have had friends kill themselves because they were gay and they knew they would never have a day without feeling like they were second-class citizens, deprived of the basic right to marry, wouldn’t vote for a Republican, even if we were married to one. (Some of us wouldn’t marry one, either.)

        The conflict that baffles me the most is the issue of separation of church and state. Republicans have consistently had trouble understanding this most basic American principle. As a Jew, this principle may be my strongest link to the Democratic party. Democrats have had a long history, both at the federal and state levels, of respecting the freedom of each American to practice their own faith, however they interpret it, without government interference. Democrats understand this nation is rich with diversity, and that diversity makes us stronger.

        I admire Steve Farber for his interest in government, his strong support of cultural Judaism, and his generosity in supporting candidates in general. I don’t believe I have a right to question the faith of another person or how they choose to practice their faith; but I can say “although we share the same faith, it is clear to me now we don’t share the same values”.

    • nancycronk says:

      In the end, Caroman, corporate lobbyists always sell their souls to the highest bidder. I just expected more from a pillar in my faith community.

  2. allyncooper says:

    the Green Party, as in $$$$$$$

  3. Say Hey Kid says:

    I wonder if Farber did not like Miklosi’s bill that would require restaurant owners to serve people wearing a swastika?  He has held a fundraiser for Sal Pace.  Or maybe he just figures Joe has no chance of winning.

  4. jadodd says:

    For sometime Farber was a registered Democrat and, if I remember correctly, a party officer.  Is he still an active member of the party?

    The party rules require that anyone who aids or supports an opposing candidate or party must be lose his party office and party membership.  Is the party looking into this?

  5. unnamed says:

    …this could be an opportunity to make his campaign about regular people a la Obama 2008

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