Kellner Killshot? GOP Ex-AG Cynthia Coffman Endorses Weiser

Ernest Luning of the Colorado Springs Gazette’s political blog breaks some major news today with the endorsement of Democratic incumbent Attorney General Phil Weiser by his Republican predecessor in the office, Cynthia Coffman:

“Phil Weiser understands and honors the office he has held the last four years,” Coffman said in a statement. “He is respected among his fellow attorneys general as a collaborative leader who hasn’t been drawn into base partisan battles that threaten pragmatic problem solving. He is an influential voice in the national attorney general community because he is an independent thinker not susceptible to the sway of special interest groups.

“As General Weiser’s predecessor in the job, I have been pleased by his continuation of impactful initiatives in school safety, domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, substance abuse treatment, and childhood sexual abuse recovery.”

Added Coffman: “Naturally, we do not see eye-to-eye on every policy issue or legal position, but Phil Weiser has earned my professional respect and personal support. General Weiser deserves another four years in service as Colorado’s Attorney General.”

AG Phil Weiser (D), former AG Cynthia Coffman (R).

As readers know the message campaign against Attorney General Weiser has been particularly nasty, seeking to pin blame on Weiser personally for a host of social problems that are much larger than any one state or in any case not the fault of Weiser in any respect. For Weiser’s Republican predecessor in the job to endorse his re-election seriously undermines the acrimony directed against Weiser. It becomes much harder to sell the idea that Weiser wants to hand out fentanyl pills to children via a network of stolen cars after the Republican who held the office before Weiser has endorsed his re-election.

[Coffman] joins a slew of current and former Republican officials who endorsed Weiser last week, including former Colorado House Speaker Russ George, former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis and former Westminster Mayor Herb Acheson.

We’re not completely sure what caused this shift, but judicially-focused Republicans like Cynthia Coffman and former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis lining up in opposition is a very serious problem for Republican AG candidate John Kellner. For voters doing their homework down the ballot, it’s a big red flag that something’s not right with Kellner–whether it be the ethics and campaign finance questions he’s persistently faced, or self-immolating answers to questions about reproductive rights. These are politically lucid Republicans who would support the Republican candidate for attorney general–unless there’s a very good reason not to.

And it looks like there is. Their judgment discredits Kellner the way little else can.

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  1. st0ry says:

    I think we are finally seeing a turn of the tide. People in general are fed up with the MAGA lunacy and just wanting it to end. Not saying he is MAGA but just turning the office over to Republicans is not a good idea at this time, and even other Republicans see that.

  2. westslope says:

    What say you, Moddy?

  3. Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

    IIRC, wasn’t Cynthia “Taller” Coffman Moderatus’ choice for governor in 2018 after Boy George Brauchler dropped out but before Dufus Stapleton won the nomination?

    She was the one of whom Dems were supposed to be so frightened. Looks like John Kellner is the only one who needs to fear her.

  4. Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

    They might have been better off running that guy from Texas as their AG candidate. At least it would have brought out all the nut jobs instead of someone like Kellner straddling the fence between establishment Republicans and nut jobs.

  5. Gilpin Guy says:

    I'm going out on a limb here and say that Cynthia Coffman doesn't qualify as a MAGA Republican.  I suspect she is going to get some tough emails in the near future.

  6. Highlands Ranch says:

    Been watching the legal system for the past two years in Douglas County with absolute disgust.  The lack of ethics and professionalism in the Sheriff Department and DA's office can be laid directly at Kellner's feet. He has covered up a TON of political cronie misconduct and should never be allowed anywhere near a position of public trust.  


  7. DavidThi808 says:

    Anyone know why the moderate Republican support for Weisser? I’m not complaining but his opponent isn’t a crazy, just under qualified. Parties nominate under qualified candidates all the time.

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