Coffman tried and failed with the same immigration attacks last election

(Setting the record straight – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Mike Coffman.

Mike Coffman.

Reporters shouldn’t be fooled by Rep. Mike Coffman’s recycled attempts to paint his Democratic challanger Morgan Carroll as anti-immigrant. Coffman tried the same tactic in 2014 and failed.

The point needs to be made in light of the Coffman’s campaign tweet last week that Carroll “supported Tancredo’s immigration crackdown in the 2006 special session.”

Coffman tried to attack Coffman’s 2014 challenger Andrew Romanoff in the same way, and it failed, as exemplified in this Denver Post piece from a couple years ago.

During the summer of 2006, in his first term as state House speaker, Romanoff faced a critical decision: Have a broadly worded initiative appear on the November ballot that would strip state benefits and even some medical services from those in the country illegally — including children — or strike a legislative compromise.

He choose the latter option and staved off a late effort to revive the ballot initiative by spearheading a bill that pleased some hardliners and upset some in the Latino community…

Among the proponents of the ballot initiative that didn’t make it to voters was Coffman, the state treasurer at the time.

With Romanoff in 2006 was Carroll–and Republicans like the Gov. Bill Owens. With Coffman in 2006 was Tancredo. (Read more of this history here.)

The Post’s article from the last election goes on to explain that Coffman opposed (and continues to oppose) a 2013 bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill, passed by the U.S. Senate. Carroll supports this measure, including its path to citizenship. (In addition to this, Coffman is opposed to birthright citizenship, which allows children of undocumented immigrants born on U.S. soil to be citizens. Coffman is also against a provision in the Voting Rights Act that requires some jurisdictions to provide dual-language ballots.)

Coffman’s campaign acts as if Carroll’s 2006 stance and 2009 vote against in-state tuition for undocumented students are somehow equivalent to or worse than Coffman’s vast anti-immigrant record–despite the context of the 2006 special session and the fact that Carroll was a cosponsor of the ASSET bill when it passed in 2013. Carroll passed the ASSET bill.

Bottom line: Reporters saw through Coffman’s attacks against Romanoff on immigration in 2014. They shouldn’t be fooled by Coffman this time around either.

6 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Moderatus says:

    Maybe you should ask what Congressman Romanoff thinks, Jason.


  2. Davie says:

    So Coffman pushed for an extreme, draconian anti-immigrant initiative in 2006, and now pretends he's going to support the immigrant community because Democrats reached across the aisle to pass a bipartisan compromise measure that he opposed (because it was, you know, not draconian enough)?

    Time to retire the sleazebag hypocrite and just have him collect his 3 government pensions.

  3. BlueCat says:

    Wow. Gotta go with Modster on this one. Whatever he did he didn't fail to get reelected and that's the only "fail" that counts. And it doesn't look like he's going to fail to get elected this time what with Morgan Carroll's so far invisible campaign. I've volunteered to help every CD6 campaign  since I moved here quite a few years ago but I think I'll take a pass on this one.

    • itlduso says:

      Sorry to hear that, BC. The Carroll campaign may seem invisible, but that doesn't mean the important GOTV operation isn't in full swing.  BTW – It's not even Labor Day.  I'm not going to detail in this venue what I have seen from the sidelines.  I'll leave it to my username:  ITLDUSO.

      I hope you check in with the Carroll campaign soon.  Talk to Morgan herself!  Otherwise, you'll be missing out on the long-awaited victory for those of us in CD6 set in play by those like you who toiled in the past. wink

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