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Abortion rights group endorses Democrat Jason Crow in 6th Congressional District primary

Author: Ernest Luning - March 3, 2018 - Updated: March 3, 2018

Jason CrowDemocratic congressional candidate Jason Crow talks about his campaign finance reform proposals during an interview with Colorado Politics on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

NARAL Pro-Choice America, an abortion rights group and one of the leading progressive political advocacy organizations, on Friday endorsed Democratic congressional candidate Jason Crow, one of four Democrats running against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in the 6th Congressional District.

“Mike Coffman’s extreme anti-choice, anti-woman record does not reflect the voters or values of Colorado’s 6th Congressional district,” said Karen Middleton, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, in a statement. “Mike Coffman has voted for abortion bans. He has voted to redefine rape. He has voted to defund Planned Parenthood. The women of CD6 deserve better. They deserve a member of Congress like Jason Crow who will truly fight for them and their rights.”

Crow said he was proud to have NARAL’s support.

“Our current representative believes that Congress is entitled to make healthcare decisions for women and insurance companies should have the power to increase those costs as they see fit,” he said in a statement. “I disagree. I will fight for women’s autonomy, for lower-cost care and for women to have a seat at the table when healthcare policy is debated. In the Army, I learned that you’re only as good as the team you build, which is why I am so thrilled to have NARAL in my corner so I can work with them to help fight for all women in our country and community.”

In a release, the organization pointed out that Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump in the suburban district in the last election by about 9 points — the same night Coffman prevailed over his latest Democratic challenger by nearly the same margin.

Crow, an Aurora attorney and Army Ranger veteran, is running in a primary with Levi Tillemann, a clean energy expert and entrepreneur; attorney and former school board candidate David Aarestad; and computer technician Erik Stanger. Coffman, an Army and Marine veteran who has held elected office in Colorado for nearly three decades, is facing a primary challenge from conservative activist Roger Edwards.

Last summer, Middleton, a former state representative who endorsed Crow soon after he got in the race, helped organize a complaint filed against Tillemann with the Federal Election Commission alleging the Democrat acted like a full-fledged candidate when he operated an exploratory committee to “test the waters” for a run against Coffman. According to the FEC, the complaint has yet to be resolved.

Precinct caucuses are March 6, and the primary election is June 26.


Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.