Coffman Again Responds to Immigration Question with Non-Answer

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Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Obfuscation)

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Obfuscation)

The Colorado Independent’s Corey Hutchins took a risk last week and tried figure out U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s stance on a very specific immigration issue.

If you’re a reporter, you know that’s going to cause a serious headache before you start, because it’s so hard to sort out where Coffman stands on any specific immigration-related bill or proposal. That may sound like an opinion, but it’s a fact.

In this case, Hutchins, who profiled Coffman’s race against Democrat Morgan Carroll last week, knew the Aurora Congressman, in 2011, co-sponsored bill that would have eliminated the requirement, under the Voting Rights Act, for some jurisdictions to provide ballots in different languages.

As recently as 2014, Coffman remained opposed to the dual-language ballot requirement. What’s his position now, Hutchins wanted to know.

Here’s Hutchins story:

Asked last week whether Coffman still holds that position, his campaign spokeswoman Watson did not answer directly. Instead, she said, “Rep. Coffman is co-sponsor of H.R. 885, the Voting Rights Amendment Act.”

The measure currently counts 15 Republican lawmakers as co-sponsors, according to its public bill-tracking web page at Congress.gov. As of today, Coffman’s name does not appear, and the last congressman to sign onto the law was Ryan Costello, a Republican who was added on July 14. Costello is up for re-election in the swing state of Pennsylvania.

“The co-sponsor list will be updated tomorrow to include Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado,” said Nicole Tieman, spokeswoman for Sensenbrenner. “That will be the only change to the best of my knowledge.”

Trouble is, if you read H.R.885, it doesn’t answer Hutchins’ question about whether Coffman’s position has changed. He could favor the bill but still stand behind his position that he wants to save money by not requiring local jurisdictions, with significant populations of non-English speakers, to provide ballots in multiple languages.

You’d be excused for thinking Coffman is deliberately obfuscating things, because, as Hutchins explains above, it looks like Coffman signed up as a co-sponsor after receiving Hutchins’ questions.

Hutchins reports: “Asked in two separate emails when Coffman became a sponsor, his spokeswoman Cinamon Watson did not answer, nor did she respond to a request to talk about it on the phone.”

So, despite the best efforts by a reporter to lay out the facts, we’re forced to conclude (maybe) that Coffman remains opposed to dual-language ballots, but he’s making it appear as if he doesn’t. Until a reporter gets Coffman to respond, that’s where things stand.

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  1. JohnInDenver says:

    Coffman is late in signing on to this bill. It will abandoned in this session of Congress (as they don't really have interest in using the limited time before another recess and eventual adjourment) and so the entire effort of signing on to co-sponsor the bill appears to be a positioning certain to not make a difference.

     

  2. Republican 36 says:

    I really do feel sorry for Congressman Coffman from the personal perspective. He is simultaneously all things to all people and nothing to everyone. He's been through so many twists and turns on various issues one wonders if there is anything at his core. Does he believe anything any more? He votes one way in Congress and then comes home and tells us that he is for the opposite position, but by the time the next election rolls around he says he never supported that position and he is now in favor of the way he voted previously; or pick any variation on this scenario and it will fit his position on some issue. He should ask himself if its worth holding office in his circumstances and being known as the Nowhere Congressman.

    • mamajama55 says:

      I hope Morgan Carroll has some good "Nowhere Man" 30 second ads lined up.

      Hey, the song was published in ’66; it’s probably in the public domain now.

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        I don't think any of the Beatles catalog is now in the public domain.

      • BlueCat says:

        I'm losing faith that Morgan Carroll is going to make much of a splash with effective ads of any kind. Almost mid-September and still waiting. I am, however, seeing an "I approved this message" HRC ad lately that is nothing but Trump video… just letting him speak for himself. Takes the concept of ads writing themselves to a whole new level.

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