May 24, 2012

Extreme Tea Party Congressman Mike Coffman Can’t Hide His True Colors

It’s been over a week since Congressman Mike Coffman was caught joining the birther movement and calling President Obama “not an American,” but he is still trying to hide from it and hide his extreme tea party agenda. Last week, the Denver Post called Congressman Coffman’s apology “more arrogance than remorse.” And in an interview with 9News, Congressman Coffman refused five separate times to elaborate or explain himself.

Congressman Coffman can’t explain because he’s been trying to hide his unpopular and dangerous positions that are too extreme for his new congressional district. 

Highlights of Congressman Coffman’s more extreme positions include:

  • Voting for massive cuts to Medicare making seniors pay more while protecting tax breaks for millionaires
  • Saying Social Security was “obviously” a ponzi scheme and supporting privatizing Social Security
  • Supporting the controversial “personhood” amendment
  • Praising the Flat Tax that would shift the tax burden to the middle class

“Congressman Mike Coffman reminded voters of his new district about his true extremist colors and his out-of-touch agenda that puts big corporations, big oil and millionaires ahead of the middle class,” said Stephen Carter, Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congressman Mike Coffman supports the most radical policies that would protect millionaires, Big Oil and companies that ship American jobs overseas rather than supporting Colorado middle class families. After his offensive outburst, unacceptable apology, and attempts to hide, voters can be reminded exactly how extreme Tea Party Birther Congressman Mike Coffman really is.”

Background

Congressman Coffman Said Obama Was in His Heart “Not an American” and Questioned the President’s Birthplace. During a May 2012 fundraiser in Elbert County, Congressman Coffman said, "I don't know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don't know that. But I do know this, that in his heart, he's not an American. He's just not an American." [9News, 5/16/12; Denver Post, 5/16/12]

Congressman Coffman Refused Five Separate Times to Elaborate on His Original Statement. Congressman Coffman refused to explain his controversial statements, saying only “I stand by my statement that I misspoke and I apologize” to all five questions 9News asked, including when he was asked if he would answer any question with a different response. [9News, 5/22/12]

Congressman Coffman Voted to Slash Medicare, Protect Tax Breaks for Big Oil and Millionaires, Encourage Companies to Ship Jobs Overseas. On March 29, 2012, Congressman Coffman supported a budget that would end Medicare’s guaranteed benefit, protects $40 billion in tax breaks for Big Oil, provides people earning more than $1 million a year with an average tax cut of $394,000, and provides incentives for corporations to shift profits and jobs overseas. [H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; New York Times Editorial, 3/20/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/27/12; Tax Policy Center, Table T12-0078 and T10-0132; Citizens for Tax Justice, 3/22/12]

Congressman Coffman Said Social Security Was “Obviously” a Ponzi Scheme. During a September 2011 appearance on KNUS’ Kelly and Company, Coffman discussed the 2012 Republican presidential candidates and then added, “I think [Rick Perry] did good. I think he did better on Social Security. I think obviously it is a Ponzi scheme, but he has to say he is going to fix it.” [KNUS, ‘Kelley and Company,’ 9/14/11]

Congressman Coffman Supported Social Security Privatization. According to a candidate questionnaire, Congressman Coffman indicated that he supported allowing workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts and that younger generations must move toward these individual accounts. [votesmart.org, Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test, accessed 6/28/11]

Congressman Coffman National Right to Life: Coffman Supported a Personhood Amendment. In 2010, Colorado Right to Life noted that Congressman Coffman was pro-life no exceptions:“Incumbent Republican Mike Coffman is on record supporting Personhood and is on record as Pro-Life with no exceptions.” [Colorado Right to Life blog, 10/02/10]

Supported a Flat Tax. During an October 2011 appearance on Fox 31’s Zappolo’s People, Congressman Coffman said, “I think the flat tax has tremendous value in it.” [Fox 31, 10/2011]


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