Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 28, 20175min652

The National Republican Congressional Committee on Wednesday rolled out the red carpet to welcome Democrat Levi Tillemann into an already crowded primary race for the chance to challenge GOP incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado's 6th Congressional District. Sounding positively gleeful, NRCC regional spokesman Jack Pandol used the occasion to invoke tried-and-true GOP bogeyman Nancy Pelosi — five times in 10 sentences — and mock early Democratic frontrunner Jason Crow, even throwing in the still-tender rift between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton supporters for good measure.

Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMay 26, 20175min604

Silly us. We newsies take things so literally. When the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington blasted out a mass-email Wednesday denouncing 6th Congressional District Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman over the latest pending GOP health-care plan in Congress, we thought it might have been a mistake. Perhaps Coffman’s name had been inadvertently included on the group’s hit list of GOP members of Congress who voted for the contentious proposal earlier this month.

After all, Coffman actually was one of 20 Republicans in the House who voted against it. And yet, the group’s email read: “Bad news for Coffman: CBO analysis confirms disastrous impact of House Republican repeal & ripoff bill.” Oops, right?

We weren’t alone. Denver Fox 31-TV’s Joe St. George, who first alerted us to the DCCC missive, took to Twitter to point out the apparent error.

We suggested that either some intern had goofed, or — perish the thought! — the DCCC actually knew better but decided to lump Coffman in with the House GOP majority anyway, implying he voted for the plan. Because, well, there’s always another election around the corner, and the DCCC isn’t about to let slip any chance to unseat Coffman, now in his fifth term in the swing-able district.

On Thursday, DCCC Regional Press Secretary Rachel Irwin wrote us directly and cleared things up. Turns out — envelope, please — it was the latter! Not only did Irwin not shy away from it, she actually tried to make what jaded political observers might call an attempt at media manipulation seem legit. Here’s her email to us:

Following up to your post on the DCCC statement and the CBO score which made a lot of assumptions. If you don’t mind, I thought I’d take a few minutes to walk you through Rep. Coffman’s record on health care.

Let me start off by saying this was no mistake. Rep. Coffman has voted more than 60 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Not only that, he went on the record as the only member of the Colorado delegation to support one of the first versions of the AHCA, which the CBO projected would strip away health care from 24 million people. Rep. Coffman also took a procedural vote to move this bill forward, which helped pave the way to its passage.

That is his record and we are focused on holding Rep. Coffman accountable. Throughout his career, Mike Coffman has done a stellar job of knowing how to walk the political tight rope and make decisions based on his own political interests. Voters deserve to know that he’s already voted for the pieces in that bill – voting to raise health care costs, premiums, and eliminate protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

One vote does not get him off the hook for six years of heartless votes and failed leadership.

Feel free to call or email anytime you’d like to talk about Coffman’s race or his record.

…But isn’t the Congressional Budget Office analysis that’s at issue here about the GOP health-care plan Coffman voted against — not his other “heartless votes and failed leadership”?

Guys, keep this up, and we’re going to start taking political rhetoric with a grain of salt.