The Audacity of Mike Coffman: 5 Lies, One Mailpiece

My husband received a flier in the mail yesterday from Congressman Mike Coffman. My husband is a died-in-the-wool Democrat and would sooner eat a box full of living ladybugs than vote for a Tea Party Congressman (and he’s a vegetarian!). Our home has four registered Dems — me, my husband, and our two college age sons (our high school aged son is too young to vote). Clearly the Coffman campaign is targeting Democratic men in his age group — no one else in the family received the hilarious mail piece which reads:

While you were out, Mike Coffman tried to call you…

“I regularly hold tele-townhall meetings in order to know what’s important to you and to better represent you i Washington.”

It then goes on to say, “Mike Coffman / More Transparency in Washington”. The only other things on the simplistic mailpiece are a photo of the Tea Partier , and an enormous red telephone — the kind Batman used to call the Commissioner — minus the flashing button.

On the back, there is a photo of Mike Coffman talking to four business women in black suits, who all look like they just attended a funeral (nice grab at the women’s vote, Mike). The caption reads that they are talking about Anthem College (Anthem what?). Next to the photo is a fake letter listing his bogus top four issues, including, “Saving Medicare and Social Security, Reforming Congress, Cutting Congressional Spending, and Improving Job Growth and the Economy”.  

No, I did not wet my pants laughing, nor did I choke on my dinner as we read the mail, although I certainly could have done so.

To Mike:

1. No, Mike Coffman, you didn’t try to call me. I have Caller ID. We have 5 people living in our house, each with a different schedule. If you tried to call, we’d know it. If you tried to call every one of your constituents, surely you would have reached some. Why would you then need to do a mass mailing with a computerized address field? Do you think voters in S. Aurora are stupid? Lie #1

2. What is a Tele-town hall? Oh, you mean those things where the Robo-dialer calls us and tells us if we want to hear you speak, we should pick up the phone and be talked at?  That is not a town hall. That is phone spam.

How about a real town hall? You know, the kind with real flesh-and-blood human beings who breathe, walk, talk, and have an opportunity to ask you pointed questions? I know Republicans have a hard time understanding the concept of human (eggs and corporations are not human), but surely someone can help you figure it out.

In all fairness, you do a great job of chasing cameras on right-leaning television and radio programs — propping yourself and your talking points in places completely void of real (human) constituents. Lie #2

3. “Transparency”. If you believe in transparency, why do you run every time your constituents approach you in public? Lie #3……

4. “Saving Medicare and Social Security”. Sir, you called Social Security a “Ponzi Scheme”. Lie #4

5. “Reforming Congress”. On your website, you mutilate the intent of the DISCLOSE Act, a bill designed to make Congress transparent, into some kind of vague “free speech” issue, and come out against it. Sir, you wouldn’t know transparency if it were a 200 foot mirror that fell on your head. Lie #5.

I could go on, Sir, but I won’t. Mr. Coffman — stop lying to your constituents. Have a real town hall, open it up to the public, and post it on your website weeks in advance. Your constituents deserve better. Your constituents deserve the truth.

About nancycronk

Nancy Cronk is a longtime community activist and women's leader living in Arapahoe County. Six months before the historic "red sweep" election of 2014, she was recruited to run as a "placeholder" in HD37, and managed to bring in 40K from 500 small donors, and 42% of the vote -- just one point lower than the previous candidate who ran in a presidential year.

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  1. RegisteredRepublican says:

    I worked with a robo call program once.  

    I’m guessing your number was robo called for the tele-town hall town meeting, but they immediately disconnect if they get an answering machine or voice mail, then generate a mail piece to that address.  Was everyone called in Aurora?  Of course not, but it has to be a random sampling of voters, who actually live in the district, unlike live town hall meetings where many of the participants are not constituents at all.  They’re followers summoned from all over who come to stand up, give a speech before their question, then boo or shout down the speaker while he is trying to answer, so they can create their own “You Tube” moment.  No wonder no politician is doing them anymore.  Those kind of meetings are counterproductive and become problematic when arguments break out amongst the audience itself.

    Seriously… can anyone tell me the last time any of Colorado’s congressional delegation held a traditional town hall meeting like you want?  I’m not aware that any of them have done one of those in 2012.  

    What exactly do you think Coffman is running from?  He got carried away with his comments in Elbert County — which is in his district — admitted his mistake, and apologized for it.  You didn’t like the apology?  Too bad.  I’m still waiting for Barack Obama to apologize for his “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations” remark.

    The silly soap opera videos looking for Mike Coffman are ridiculous.  If you compare the dates on them to the congressional calendar, you’ll find they were all shot when the U.S. House was in session.  Those folks have a knack of going where they know Coffman will not be.

    If Social Security isn’t reworked somehow, it will be a Ponzi Scheme.  The 1930’s program never envisioned so many people living well into their 80’s, nor did it anticipate the very existence of the Baby Boom generation and the possibility that  group eventually could overwhelm Social Security, as it now stands. It is misleading to tell seniors everything is fine, if we only leave it alone.

    Unlike you, a lot of voters do recognize that an egg (human embryo) does actually become a person and people actually do make up — and work — in corporations.  In fact, I’m sure some of your pension, 401(k), or mutual funds are tied in to the success of corporations.

    Congressional reform?  I thought Coffman’s four points, as outlined in one of his recent e-mail newsletters, were right on the mark:  12 year term limit for the House and Senate; abolishing congressional pensions (co-sponsored by Jared Polis); requiring a vote to raise congressional pay (no more automatic pay raises); and a balanced budget amendment.

    Just remember, Brandon Shaffer chose to get stampeded by Cory Gardner, after polling his chances against Coffman in the new 6th CD.  Miklosi has been the perfect stealth candidate in a district he has lived in a mere five months.  With three months to go, before ballots go out in the mail, hardly anyone knows who the Democratic candidate is.  Joe is lucky to get one line at the end of any article about Coffman.

    The DCCC isn’t stupid or emotionally attached to your candidate.  They are going to recognize that their money and resources are better served helping Sal Pace in the 3rd and defending Ed Perlmutter in the 7th.

    The Dems aren’t going to win this race with a fifth stringer, who is a carpetbagger, and has to contend with an independent candidate who will only serve to siphon votes from his base.  It won’t be long before you’ll be able to toss your Miklosi signs in the back of the garage along with the Hank Eng and John Flerlage ones.            

    • Gray in Mountains says:

      I don’t think President Obama should apologize for his remark though I wish he had not said it. But, the remark is 100% accurate

    • dukeco1 says:

      that this:

      If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”  

      has been taken out of context and as you are using it, constitutes a craven, bald-faced lie.

      Your credibility… 0  

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