Campaign 2010

Oct 09, 2013

Congressman Coffman Already Breaking His Word on End to Government Shutdown

The Denver Post is reporting that Congressman Mike Coffman now supports a clean continuing resolution to reopen the government, but Congressman Coffman has already gone back on his word and voted against that very measure.

As Congressman Coffman sways in the wind, it’s becoming even more clear that Congressman Coffman is just trying to stop his political bleeding. Only one thing has changed between Congressman Coffman’s opposition to the clean budget bill and his about-face – a new poll that shows that Congressman Coffman’s government shutdown is making Congressman Coffman vulnerable to losing in 2014.

“It’s no surprise that Congressman Mike Coffman changed his tune on the government shutdown: he’s more concerned about getting re-elected than doing what’s right for middle class families in Colorado – but it’s infuriating that he won’t stand by his word and vote to reopen the government,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “With the Republican government shutdown stretching into week two, Congressman Coffman felt the heat from his outraged constituents, but he still refuses to take yes for an answer from Democrats on a budget deal at Republican spending levels.”

Background:

Coffman Voted Eleven Times Against Efforts to Re-Open the Government. Coffman voted at least eleven times against efforts to vote on a clean government funding resolution by allowing consideration of the Senate-passed continuing resolution. [H Res 370, Vote #509, 10/02/13; HJ Res 59, Vote #512, 10/02/13; HR 3230, Vote #515, 10/03/13; HJ Res 72, Vote #517, 10/03/13; H Res 371, Vote #519, 10/04/13; HJ Res 85, Vote #521, 10/04/13; HJ Res 75, Vote #523, 10/04/13; HJ Res 77,  Vote #527, 10/7/13; HJ Res 84, Vote #529, 10/08/13; H Res 373, Vote #531, 10/08/13; HR 3273, Vote #533, 10/8/13]

FOX 31: Polls Showed Shutdown Hurt Coffman. “Last Thursday, he told FOX31 Denver that if the GOP’s intransigence in October 2013 costs him his job in November 2014, that’s a price he’s willing to pay. ‘Whatever the consequences of doing what’s right in leadership are, I’m willing to take those consequences,’ Coffman said. On Monday, new poll numbers underline the real possibility that Coffman could pay that price. A separate poll released Monday evening by the Washington Post and ABC News shows national disapproval of congressional Republicans spiking to 70 percent, with 51 percent approving strongly. According to the other survey from Public Policy Polling, which examined 24 House races over the weekend, 47 percent of Coffman’s constituents disapprove of his job performance while 41 percent approve.” [FOX 31, 10/7/13]

  • Headline: Poll: Shutdown Hurting Coffman, House Republicans [FOX 31, 10/7/13]

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