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Republican Mike Coffman calls ad about Trump campaign’s Russia ties ‘laughable and dishonest’

Author: Ernest Luning - July 17, 2017 - Updated: July 17, 2017

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (Photo by RJ Sangosti/Denver Post, File)
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (Photo by RJ Sangosti/Denver Post, File)

Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s campaign fired back late Sunday at a liberal organization’s TV ad questioning his response to news about the Trump campaign’s contact with Russians who were attempting to influence last year’s presidential election, calling the attack “laughable and dishonest.”

The Political Action ad blasted five Republican members of Congress, including Coffman and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, for staying quiet as details emerged over the past week about a meeting last June between Donald Trump, Jr., and other top Trump campaign officials and a Russian attorney with ties to the Kremlin. “Crickets,” the ad said on screen as the sound of the insects played.

But Coffman was having none of it.

“Mike Coffman is the is one of the last honest brokers in Washington,” Coffman campaign spokesman Tyler Sandberg told Colorado Politics. Sandberg then listed recent occasions when said Coffman stood up to the Obama and Trump administrations, including being the first Republican elected officials to demand Trump fire his national security advisor, Michael Flynn, after it emerged Flynn hadn’t told the truth about his own contacts with a Russian official. (Flynn stepped down days later.)

“When Obama’s Veterans Affairs secretary failed our veterans, Coffman was near the first to call for his head,” Sandberg said. “It wasn’t long after, he was gone. When it became clear that Michael Flynn lied about his contacts with Russia, Coffman was the first Republican to demand his termination — and it wasn’t long after, he was gone. George Soros and the MoveOn crowd are themselves the farthest thing from reputable brokers of truth. The advertisement is laughable and dishonest.”

Soros, a progressive billionaire, was an initial funder of the online activist group. The 30-second ad aired Sunday on news and public affairs programs and on digital platforms.

Here’s the ad targeting Coffman:


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. Since 2009, he has been the senior political reporter and occasional editor for The Colorado Statesman.

One comment

  • doug

    July 18, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Moveon, nothing to see here. Nothing to be upset about. Back to sleep. So is this a defense of a political person or an attack on Soros? ( I don’t like him or the politically active Kochs, Michael Blumberg, and especially Sheldon Adelson) but I fail to see him standing up to the ridiculous personal aspect of the MAGA-person who cannot finish a sentence. Can we get some basic respect for the GOp leaders who have been forced to smile like idiots while this insanity goes on?

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