Coffman Surrogates Flail While Dems Hit Harder

As the Denver Post's Jon Murray reports, the Nancy Pelosi hate is back from GOP-aligned supporters of embattled GOP Rep. Mike Coffman, who are apparently still hoping the San Francisco congresswoman can drive 2010's "wave" voters back to the polls in Colorado:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce disclosed that it’s spending $300,000 to place the ad widely. The group previously has spent more than $450,000 in support of Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s re-election campaign against Romanoff, the former Colorado House speaker, in suburban Denver’s 6th Congressional District.

The ad’s message isn’t too surprising — it’s a gut-level appeal to voters who might be turned off by Pelosi, who’s raised money for Romanoff — but the claims made in it get plenty of pushback from the Romanoff campaign.

Romanoff on Monday used the ad in a fundraising email to supporters… [Pols emphasis]

Folks, we ask this question in all seriousness: is there a single voter in CD-6 who is "turned off by Pelosi" at a "gut-level" in any way undecided on how they're going to vote in this race? We've never really understood the Pelosi demonization stuff from Republicans, except that they must assume their blinding hatred of Pelosi is shared by legions of voters who feel the same way. It makes even less sense when you consider that Democrats have been out of power in the House for almost four years, and it's John Boehner's GOP-controlled House in the basement of all the polls now. Nancy who?

Outside of the FOX News Channel's existing audience, and others planted firmly in the GOP camp as it is–none of whom could ever be expected to break for Romanoff–we just don't see who is going to be motivated by this ad. Maybe some Democrats who like Pelosi will cheer that Romanoff is on her team? For everybody else, it's a message from out-of-touch political strategists who don't understand that the rest of the world doesn't think like they do.

While the U.S. Chamber of Commerce flails away with 2010's anti-Pelosi message, Democrats and their allies are starting to pile on with attacks that actually may leave a mark. A press release from liberal group ProgressNow Colorado announces new billboards and targeted digital ads going up in Coffman's district with a much simpler message:


At a press conference this morning, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, unveiled a new ad campaign in Colorado's Sixth Congressional District targeting Rep. Mike Coffman. Titled "Violó La Ley (Broke the Law)," the billboard directs Spanish-speaking voters to the Corrupto Coffman website, which presents details about Coffman's political record. The website can be viewed at…

"We have come together today as a community uniting against a career politician who has disgracefully used his public office for his own personal gain and who has a pattern of corruption," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms at today's press conference. "These aren't Colorado values, and we're here today to make sure voters know about Mike Coffman's shady past."

Bottom line: while Republicans labor to scandalize that Andrew Romanoff is friends with some woman named Nancy Pelosi, Democrats are telling voters in both English and Spanish that Mike Coffman "broke the law."

Which one do you think will do more damage? We going to guess not the nice lady from San Francisco.


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  1. ModeratusModeratus says:

    I think you're not giving the American people enough credit. They know Pelosi, and they despise her more than Boehner.

    Nearly 8 in 10 Americans know of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, compared to 72 percent who know House Speaker John Boehner, 65 percent who are familiar with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and 60 percent who know Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

    But overall, Pelosi is seen the most negatively by Americans – with a "net negative" of 17, compared to a net negative of 11 for Reid, 10 for Boehner and 8 for McConnell. "Net negatives" are a polling statistic made when you subtract the percent of people who view someone negatively from the number that view them positively. Popular politicians have "net positive" numbers, unpopular ones have "net negatives."

    • BlueCatBlueCat says:

      Only because they're  constantly bombarded with Pelosi as the evil witch stuff by the right. Not because they know anything about what she's actually accomplished. Even so, it's never had much effect on elections.

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      Moderatus wrote:  "I think you're not giving the American people enough credit……."

      I saw the commercial last night. With all due respect; as a fellow Republican; I thought it was rather lame & poorly done. We're not talking the American people here; we're talking how the ad will play in & around the 6th District of Colorado. In general, Pelosi is old news. The poll that you cite is almost a year & a half old. The government shutdown of a year ago is much more fresh in the minds of Colorado voters. And like it or not, our party got the lion's share of the blame for the shutdown.

      Regards,   C.H.B.

    • Miss Jane says:

      Well, Tom Coburn says she is a nice lady, a good person.  And she is. He is honorable enough to say that more than once. She is also a lot smarter than you are, and she cares about this country and everyone in it.  Stop acting like a narrow minded twit, a mean mouthed 5th grader.  You should be better than this.

  2. DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

    What you mean us, Kemosabe?  


  3. kwtreemamajama55 says:

    Here's Pelosi, classy as usual, reacting to Cruz's bizarro claims:


    She'd eat Mike Coffman for breakfast.

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