HIGHLANDS RANCH, COLORADO — Here in this very affluent suburb of Denver, the GOP fat cats are happy, having attended yesterday's fundraiser on behalf of Congressman Mike Coffman (TP-Colo.), where the keynote speaker was the former governor of Massachusetts, who has largely faded out of sight since the 2012 presidential election.
Coffman is running for re-election in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, which is newly competitive after the decennial redistricting. The 6th District now includes all of Aurora, a Denver suburb immediately east of Denver which is noted for its extraordinarily diverse population. After redistricting, Coffman carried his District by only 2% in 2012, but he now faces an extraordinarily dynamic and gifted opponent, former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives Andrew Romanoff, who, as a pragmatic idealist, is taking no PAC money, while Karl Rove and his buddies are salivating at the opportunity to pour even more corrupt political money into Coffman’s race to keep John Boehner happy.
At the huge fundraiser, which was not held in the 6th Congressional District but, rather, in Denver, a solitary reporter appeared as a fly on the wall and noticed that numerous representatives of the annual Tanner Gun Show, which opens on May 31 at Denver’s Merchandise Mart and which boasts no fewer than seven hundred tables for selling guns of all kinds, appeared disgruntled that Coffman did not follow Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s lead in prancing around the recent Conservative Political Action Conference while brandishing a rifle. They also were very displeased that the former Massachusetts governor was even in Colorado because he lost the election. One of CPAC’s favorite speakers is Rush Limbaugh.
Coffman, a member of the Tea Party Caucus, who has been endorsed by FreedomWorks, thanked Romney for helping him bring in a lot of money, but as he was leaving the event, the Congressman was accosted by Lilly Ledbetter, after whom the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 was named. When Ledbetter asked the Congressman why he voted against fair pay for women, Coffman turned to his wife, Cynthia Coffman, who is the Republican nominee for Colorado Attorney General.
Unfortunately, Cynthia Coffman’s comments to Ledbetter cannot be printed in this newspaper.