Release: From “Coffmangate” To Governor?

Attorney General’s role in Colorado GOP “palace coup” clouds entry into governor’s race

Wednesday, November 8 2017
CONTACT: Ian Silverii, Executive Director at

DENVER: Responding to news reports today that Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman will run for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2018, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, questioned Coffman’s ethical fitness to serve following her unresolved involvement in an alleged blackmail scandal against the chairman of the Colorado Republican Party in 2015.

“Just two years ago, Cynthia Coffman was at the center of one of the strangest and ugliest political dramas to grip the state of Colorado in many years,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Ian Silverii. “The chairman of the Colorado Republican Party accused General Coffman of blackmail, specifically that she threatened to expose an alleged extramarital affair if Steve House did not resign. Now, Coffman wants to pretend that none of this is relevant, telling the Denver Post this is “old news” that she “doesn’t give a lot of thought to.” The scandal made its way to the Washington Post, [1] embarrassing Colorado Republicans on the national stage—and in the end the Colorado GOP sided with their chairman against Cynthia Coffman.”

“The hard feelings between Republicans after the divisive ‘Coffmangate’ scandal have not subsided after two years,” said Silverii, “and the voters of Colorado on both sides of the aisle have nothing but unanswered questions about Cynthia Coffman’s role in the alleged blackmailing of the Colorado Republican Party’s chairman. The question this invites is fundamental: what kind of corruption would Cynthia Coffman be capable of as governor of Colorado?”

“Cynthia Coffman’s known record on the environment and other critical issues leaves much to be desired,” said Silverii. “But unless voters can have confidence in Coffman’s integrity at the most basic level—her respect for the law as the state’s chief law enforcement officer—Cynthia Coffman has disqualified herself from serving as governor of our state before her campaign even launches.”