Coffman’s Political Career will be Measured in Weeks, not Years

UPDATE: Aaron Gardner of conservative blog RedState Tweets it like it is:

Ted Harvey and Cynthia Coffman in House of Cards likeness.

Ted Harvey and Cynthia Coffman in House of Cards likeness.

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For Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, the headline in the Denver Post this afternoon is just about as bad is at gets — until it gets worse (which it will): “Cynthia Coffman says no blackmail in asking Steve House to resign.”

On Friday Coffman said the meeting at the Warwick took place over wine and was meant to be confidential. She said she mentioned House’s alleged mistress by her first name at that meeting, but not in a threatening manner. “Nobody accused him of an affair. Nobody threatened to expose anything,” she said.

Coffman said: “If you look up the legal definition of blackmail this doesn’t fit it.” [Pols emphasis]

This is now the second time in a week that Coffman has publicly responded to blackmail charges…by talking about blackmail. Suffice it to say, a politician never wants to end up in a position where you are repeatedly denying involvement in a serious crime, but leave it to Coffman to even include the “B word” in her own comments.

On Friday afternoon, the Executive Committee of the Colorado Republican Party listened to “testimony” about unfounded allegations against GOP Chair Steve House. Coffman herself “testified” at the meeting, where she reiterated that she was in attendance at the June 15 meeting intended to force House out of office.

When the meeting was finally over, Republicans had voted 22-1 in support of House and in repudiation of claims made by Coffman, Tom Tancredo, Becky Mizel and others. Coffman’s last remaining supporter appears to be Mizel herself, who cast the solitary “NO”vote.

Some in the Republican Party may try to pretend that they have swept everything under the rug with Friday’s vote, but it’s not that easy. The Colorado GOP is not a court of law. It has no judge or jury. It doesn’t get to decide whether or not Coffman, Tancredo, Mizel and others can be exonerated of a plan of blackmail or extortion in an effort to get House to resign on his own.

Only our legal system gets to make that decision. The U.S. Attorney’s office may be in the process of pursuing an investigation as we speak type, and as Republican Party Attorney Chris Murray noted ominously before today’s kangaroo court:

Murray reminded the group that anything said is subject to discovery if there is a criminal or civil investigation into the recent events.

Cynthia Coffman’s political career is about as dead as it gets — and that was true even before today’s circus. She has lost all support in the Republican Party and is radioactive to anyone who might sympathize with her. It appears all but certain that there will be a federal investigation into claims of blackmail/extortion. Two questions remain:

1) When will Coffman have no choice but to resign as Attorney General?

2) Will Coffman be able to avoid felony criminal charges?

There are no good answers when the questions are that awful for the chief law enforcement officer in the State of Colorado.

 

Need a Coffmangate Refresher? Catch up with these links:

The Strange Story of the Coup Attempt Within the Colorado Republican Party

Cynthia Coffman’s Political Career is Over. Done. Kaput.

Cynthia’s House of Cards: Dial ‘B’ for Blackmail

Mystery Character #4 Revealed in Coffmangate Scandal

EXCLUSIVE: Coffman-gate Scandal is About to go Nuclear

Right-Wing Blog Unwittingly Confirms Steve House Blackmail (Now, With Audio!)

Coffmangate Update: Nothing Changed, Coffman Still in Serious Trouble

 

10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. BlueCat says:

    Didn't turn out exactly as Moderatus was bragging that it would. 22 to 1 with the sole vote against House coming from one of those in hot water? If the purpose of the meeting with House was, as Coffman herself states, to get him to resign there is no way any mention of his alleged mistress would have been just casual, shooting the breeze conversation.  Period. Sorry, little modster. Looks like your favorite blonde has really screwed the pooch. 

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    In all fairness to the man who has his pulse on the inside goings on of the GOP, he was only 95.4545% incorrect this time . . . 

    . . . clearly one of his better showings, and probably a red-letter day for La Modster!

  3. mamajama55 says:

    Nice. House will undoubtedly promote Republican candidates and policies I will have to vigorously oppose in the next election, and he'll be much more effective at it than any replacement Chair, so as a loyal Democrat, I should have hoped for his resignation. And he put up with all this grief as a fricking volunteer. House is independently wealthy –  He takes no salary from the CRP. You can check this at the FEC site – it's public info.  Just type in Colorado Republican Committee, then pull up Other Federal Operating Expenditures. Compare House's to Call's payrolls, and you'll see that House got nada but expenses. I'd post screen shots, but that would violate their privacy.

    But as a Colorado voter, I have to give Steve House props for protecting my rights. He backed down Marilyn Marks,who plans to make voting more difficult for all Colorado voters, by endless frivolous lawsuits against long-suffering County Clerks, and other election officials.  And then her convoluted, long-standing plot to take him down – it truly is Game of Thrones-worthy.

    So we know why Marks and Mizel were in on this. Tancredo? Maybe he just wanted to seem relevant, the party "fixer" from the old days with Dan Maes. Or maybe the party under House would not support his Presidential ambitions.  Maybe it was payback because House was continuing to pay contracted amounts to the law firm (Hyatt Browning Schreck) that ran the IEC that paid money to Tancredo's opponent in the Governor's race. (See Colorado Ethics Watch's appeal).

    Coffman's motivation? I'm still digging, although hopefully professional investigators will have better tools and expertise than I do. Suffice it to say that there are plenty of odd things about Coffman's campaign for AG – a 2.6 MILLION TV ad buy, for one thing. For a fricking State Attorney General. Where did that money come from? The Attorney Generals Association. Where did they get it? At least part of it came from that dodgy Independent Expenditure Committee Tyler Harber went to jail for.

    So there are lots of things to follow up on. The OutHouse still stinks. The OutHouse still stinks.

     

  4. MADCO says:

    Most of the time, politicians playing defense lose.  If Coffman hasn't already gone on offense – she either doesn't know how or has no offense.  
    Or she doesn’t see the need. Which gets weird- maybe the “reality” is that there is no need. But politicis is about perception -a nd perception is reality.

    Either way – looks likely Colorado gets a new AG.

     

    I get that if its soon – the Governor appoints a temp, then theres a special election.  But isn't there a magic cutoff after which the Governor appoints the replacement untilt he next regular election?

     

  5. DenverMom says:

    I have known Cynthia Coffman since she first moved to Colorado and worked at CDPHE.  I have never been a fan.  I think she is an intellectual lightweight, and highly partisan.  This story, however, seems like much ado about not much, and I can't believe she will really be charged criminally or forced to resign.

    • BlueCat says:

      Depends on anyone pursuing PacManHarveygate, especially now that House wants to make nice and forget the whole extortion thing.

      And pretty sure the "intellectual light weight" thing is what got her into this mess. Tanc's not the sharpest knife in the drawer either. Doesn't sound like Mizel is much brighter. Bet the party probably really doesn't appreciate all the the embarrassing "ado" especially if it was all over nothing.

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