“Colorado Scandal”: Washington Post Digs Into Coffmangate

Washington Post, July 16, 2015

Washington Post, July 16, 2015

“You can’t stop it, you can only hope to contain it.”
       – Unknown origin

If you close your eyes and squeeze them tightly…if you hold your breath and hum loudly to yourself…for a few moments, then, you can make the Coffmangate Scandal go away.

But just for a moment.

In today’s Washington Post, the Coffmangate Scandal gets the full front-page, feature-length treatment, with 2,400 words from reporter Ben Terris detailing a story that just gets worse by the week for Colorado Republicans:

If House — who swiftly denied the affair allegations — has been bruised, so too has Coffman. The wife of Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), she had been widely viewed as a likely contender for governor in 2018. Now commentators across Colorado are wondering aloud if the state attorney general committed blackmail.

“The allegations that have been levied against me, and I am the top law enforcement officer in the state, are criminal in nature,” Coffman said in an interview with Denver’s CBS affiliate. She fiercely denied wrongdoing and flat-out accused House of lying about the threats. (House declined to be interviewed for this story. Coffman and her staff members did not respond to multiple calls and e-mails.)

This was not how Republicans wanted to start the election cycle.

There is not a lot of new information in the Washington Post story, which is written as a blow-by-blow recount of everything that has happened with the scandal up until now, but it is still a must-read for politicos from Washington D.C. to Colorado. It also exposes a much larger audience to the scandal that is engulfing the careers of Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and her husband, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora), making it damn near impossible for Coffman supporters to downplay the story’s significance.

[Click here for more background on the Coffmangate Scandal.]

11 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Republican 36 says:

    This story has more legs than I thought it would. I'm sure Cynthia Coffman regrets ever getting involved in this coup attempt.

  2. BlueCat says:

    AC is back and dancing as fast as he can to spin anything he can find on Dems (HRC is greedy, Obama is favoring "those people", etc) while he has curiously avoided this thread about goings on in his own party getting national attention. You'd think he'd be chomping at the bit to set us straight with his insider's knowledge. Unless he hasn't received definitive direction on which way to jump?

  3. BlueCat says:

    Must say, with apologies to Bartels, this WaPo story is a much better read than anything she wrote. Apologies to ColPols but the reporter's use of the name of the Warwick Hotel brings to mind a much classier sounding gate than the one you chose; Warwickgate. Has a nice ring. Fine old English Ducal name. Perfect for an affair involving a failed attempt to kill the King. But kudos for getting mentioned.

    Just one thing missing. It leaves off, after saying that for a few seconds it looked like there was a smooth, skillful GOP pol left in Colorado (House), without mentioning all the instances thereafter where Coffman didn't have the sense to stop bringing up extortion, blackmail and different iterations of how and why she mentioned Julie instead of just going along with the "nothing to see here" the party obviously was shooting for.

    Sharing a zipcode may not be high on Mike and Cindy's list but one thing they definitely share? Not being the sharpest knives in the drawer.

    Guess AC has no opinion on any of this. HRC greedy. Obama biased. I'm sure he'll find something, anything else to carry on about.

  4. BlueCat says:

    Just one thing: Why is this story it in their Style section?

  5. BlueCat says:

    One more thing. You know those ads that pop up in the margins? I just got one for Neiman Marcus menswear but the next time I looked it was an ad featuring a crazed looking HRC, asking for signatures on a petition to demand answers on Clinton Corruption. What a hoot! Me buy something from Neiman Marcus?

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