Monday, July 6, 2015
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: With questions growing about the viability of Rep. Mike Coffman as a candidate in the 2016 elections, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, released the following statement:

“Last month Mike Coffman decided not to run for the U.S. Senate, and instead will try to hold on to his seat in Congress representing Aurora,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “The reason is simple: Coffman is out of touch with the people of Colorado, and he would lose a statewide race. Now, the residents of Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District will have the privilege of helping decide one of the most important congressional races in the entire nation next year.”

“Mike Coffman is afraid,” said Runyon-Harms. “Coffman has tried to reinvent his political image in recent years, but he’s the same politician who in 2012 told fellow Republicans at a fundraiser that President Barack Obama ‘is just not an American.’ He’s the same politician who claimed the DREAM Act ‘would be a nightmare.’ And he’s the same politician who called Social Security a ‘Ponzi scheme.’ Coffman is hiding from his record and hoping voters won’t ever hear the truth.”

“In the last month, the ‘Coffman brand’ has taken a yet another serious hit as a scandal involving Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, Mike Coffman’s spouse, has rocked the Colorado Republican Party,” said Runyon-Harms. “Just before that scandal, Mike Coffman faced criticism over his irresponsible comparison of the Department of Veterans Affairs to the terrorist group ISIS. For years, Coffman has skated by on an agenda of confusing voters about his real agenda, and making worthless promises that neither he nor his fellow Republicans in Congress intended to keep.”

“If there’s any justice at all, 2016 will be the year Mike Coffman’s luck finally runs out,” said Runyon-Harms.