Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: With a shutdown of the federal government now in its second week, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, demanded that Rep. Mike Coffman stop trying to have it both ways. We call on Rep. Coffman to support the discharge petition in the House to force Republicans to reopen the government immediately.

“After proudly standing with his fellow radical Republicans to shut down the federal government, Rep. Mike Coffman is trying to have it both ways yet again,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “Coffman knows that the voters are rejecting the right wing’s self-destructive temper tantrum against Obamacare. Coffman and his fellow Republicans chose to hold our economy hostage to make a political point, and now that it’s backfiring, he’s conveniently changing his mind. Just like he has on so many other issues recently, Coffman is attempting to appear reasonable, but deep down he remains loyal to the same radical Republicans who forced this crisis on the nation.”

At first, Rep. Coffman argued the shutdown of the federal government by Republicans is “a negotiation” that needs to run its course, even claiming he was willing to lose his job over it.[1] Rep. Coffman appears to have had a sudden change of heart after reading polls that continue to blame Republicans for the standoff, writing in an op-ed today that the time has come to “pass a ‘clean’ spending bill to immediately reopen the government.” [2]

“If Rep. Coffman is serious about ending this standoff, he must immediately sign the discharge petition being circulated to force congressional Republican leaders to reopen the government,” said Runyon-Harms. “Coffman has earned a reputation lately for paying lip service to doing the right thing, then refusing to take real action. The voters of Coffman’s district are sick and tired of these games. Coffman must take concrete steps, not just write op-eds, to end the shutdown of the federal government before this crisis gets any worse.”

“Once again, Coffman is trying to have it both ways, but the only thing that’s clear to voters is that they can’t trust Mike Coffman,” said Runyon-Harms. “Everyone deserves better than this.”