Once upon a time…
…Or on September 15, 2016, if we’re being specific, Congressman Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) promised to tell his constituents which candidate he would be choosing in the race for President. Here’s precisely what Coffman campaign spokesperson Cinamon Watson told the Denver Post for a story appearing on Sept. 15:
“He plans on watching the debates and making a decision when ballots go out.”
Well, ballots goed out on October 17th, and Coffman has yet to articulate on his preferred selection in the race for President. On October 18th, Coffman did tell 9News that he wasn’t sure if he would even vote in the Presidential race at all, but that’s all we know to this point. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has not forgotten about Coffman’s promise, and neither has the Huffington Post:
With just days until election day, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) still won’t say whether he’ll vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump…
…Several Republicans in tight reelection races have taken a similar position to Toomey and declined to reveal if they intend to vote for Trump. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) won’t say who he is voting for, and Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.), who is running for Senate, has said voters don’t have a right to know who he is voting for.
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) said he would let voters know if he was voting for Trump by the time voting ballots went out in his state. But Coffman still has yet to say if he would vote for Trump ― and ballots went out on Oct. 17.
Coffman’s continued silence on the Presidential race is particularly absurd given that attorneys representing his campaign regularly demand that media outlets “cease and desist” from running advertisements suggesting that Coffman is a Trump supporter. Coffman could kill two birds with one stone here — fulfilling his promise to say who he will support for President and making it clear that he is voting for someone else — but like many other Colorado Republicans, he is petrified of further alienating diehard Trump backers whose support he still needs if he hopes to win re-election.
In case Coffman has just forgotten about the Presidential race, we’d like to remind him that there are 24 other Presidential candidates on the ballot in Colorado whose last names do not rhyme with “Trump” or “Clinton.”