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April 21, 2015 05:41 PM UTC

Mike Coffman Raising Money Off VA Hospital Scandal He's Supposed to Oversee

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  • by: Colorado Pols
What, you expected more of me?
What, you expected more of me?

Congressman Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) is a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. It is, ostensibly, his job to have done something — anything — to prevent the disaster that has become the still-under-construction VA Hospital in Aurora.

Coffman hasn’t done much of anything in the way of “oversight,” but he sure moves quickly when it comes to using the VA Hospital scandal to raise money for his re-election campaign. As Buzzfeed explains:

“The outrageous mismanagement of the Colorado VA Hospital in Aurora is just one example of how the VA is failing our veterans and placing their basic needs at risk,” reads the page on Coffman’s site linked from the Google ad. “For more than a decade, Colorado’s veterans have been promised the state-of-the-art healthcare the hospital will provide – and yet it still sits unfinished and massively over-budget.”

The National Republican Congressional Committee slammed Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema for fundraising off of the VA scandal in the last election.

If you find Coffman’s actions more than a little bit distasteful, well…shame on YOU, says a Coffman spokesman (who is totally not overreacting or anything):

Of course the left wing flacks over on Maryland Ave. who are pitching this story don’t want Mike to talk about his leadership on the campaign trail. The brass over at the VA is kind of hoping Mike shuts up about it too. But let me break the bad news to both – Mike Coffman is going to keep pounding away on the VA’s corruption, whether he is at work in Washington, or whether he is campaigning in Colorado, whether he is driving on Floyd Hill, or running on his tread mill. And the VA page is a petition page, not a fundraising page. Sleazy attacks don’t work on Mike Coffman, people. They just don’t. [Pols emphasis]

Got that? Anybody who complains about this is just sleazy. Mad Mike Coffman is totally not sleazy, and he’s totally not raising money off of the VA’s problems. The link on his website just happens to take you to a page where you could give Coffman money, but that’s not necessarily fundraising, right? Heh heh. Right?

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2 thoughts on “Mike Coffman Raising Money Off VA Hospital Scandal He’s Supposed to Oversee

  1. This is what pols do. They take advantage of high profile issues to raise their profiles and raise funds. Bennet had better find a way to raise his profile too (he’s good at funds) or if Coffman runs against him, Coffman will win on name rec and patriotic feelings toward vets alone. Getting up on our high horses about how vulgar it is for him to be using this for fund raising purposes feels good but it’s exactly what any pol would do and it’s not going to get him defeated at the polls, either for another term in the House or a replay of Gardner v Udall for Bennet’s Senate seat, which, if it happened today, would almost certainly go the same way. 

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