Can Coors find one tiny Perlmutter vote that he supports?

(Simple enough platform, “I like everything you don’t” – promoted by Colorado Pols)



You don’t have to read polls to know that real people (none of whom read this blog) are tired of our rude and extreme political culture.

Journalists like to think of themselves as representing real people, so reporters should ask public figures to explain themselves when they make mean and sweeping statements.

Case in point: Joe Coors, who’s running in Colorado’s 7th Congressional District, hopped on the syndicated Cari and Rob radio show Feb. 8 and pretty much trashed the entire voting record of Rep. Ed Perlmutter. Coors said:

And my track record, well I don’t have a voting track record, but the things that I would vote for are things that Perlmutter has voted against. His voting track record is, you know, he voted for the stimulus packages. He voted for the Obama health care. He voted against Keystone, which is just absolutely tragic in my opinion. So there’s a clear choice for the voters here on Nov. 6, 2012.

This is the kind of statement that should catch the ears of journalists. The way I read it, Coors is saying Perlmutter completely sucks, nothing good about him, at least when it comes to his voting record.

So reporters should ask Coors if he’d vote against all the stuff that Perlmutter supported: payroll tax cut, unemployment-insurance extension, government insider trading regs (passed 417-2), auto bailout, HIRE Act (incentives to hire unemployed workers), ENDA (stopping discrimination based on sexual orientation), Lily Ledbetter (equal-pay-for-equal work), etc.

And would Coors vote for some of the most extreme Tea Party legislation, opposed by Perlmutter, that moved through the House this session? I’m thinking of last month’s vote not to concur with the U.S. Senate on extending the payroll tax break. Early votes not to extend the debt limit? Not to pass continuing budget resolutions?

The ins and outs of these positions are complicated, I realize, but reporters should be advocates for basic civility and truthfulness, and you can bet that Coors’ sweeping condemnation of the votes of a sitting Congressman is most likely something Coors himself would back away from if asked for details.

There’s a desperate tantrum-like quality in public figures who make sweeping allegations, like Mitt Romney’s statement on a Colorado talk radio show earlier this month that Obama has done “everything wrong when it relates to building an economy.”

Reporters should listen carefully for comments like these, and dig into them.

Partial transcript of Joe Coors’ appearance Feb. 8, 2012, on the Cari and Rob Show.

Hear entire segment here. Joe Coors on the Cari and Rob Show 02-08-12

Hermacinski: Mr. Coors, why at this point are you choosing to run for political office?

Coors: Very Good Question. This thing has been growing on me. What’s happened in the last three years back in Washington DC is almost unconscionable. I just feel compelled and called to stand up for limited government, balanced budgets, and a business approach to running Washington DC. And that’s why I’m in it…. I can tell you, based on caucus meetings I attended, voters are angry. And they are fed up with the liberal agenda back in Washington DC. And my track record, well I don’t have a voting track record, but the things that I would vote for are things that Perlmutter has voted against. His voting track record is, you know, he voted for the stimulus packages. He voted for the Obama health care. He voted against Keystone, which is just absolutely tragic in my opinion. So there’s a clear choice for the voters here on Nov. 6, 2012….

Douglas: …Talk about the importance of [the Keystone Pipeline] and of energy in the 7th congressional district.

Coors: …Personally, I just don’t understand why we import oil from countries that don’t like us. We have more resources in the state of Colorado for energy than whole Middle East combined. Why the environmentalists or the squeaky wheels keeping us from tapping that resource is something I’m going to challenge.

10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. ArapaGOPArapaGOP says:

    It’s a figure of speech, Jason. Stop being so literal, it’s going to be a long year.

    • RedGreenRedGreen says:

      This is a bizarre level of nit-picking over a phrase that every challenger probably uses now and then.

      • Libertad says:

        It’s a compare and contrast …. Politics 101.

        The problem is Salzman doesn’t like the contrast because it sells to Joe and Suzy 6 pack. They’re tired of the failed progressive spend and tax policies. The over reaches have gotten to the average American and we’re scared.

        Gas is $5, bread and milk are up 20%+ and their paychecks are down. The 6 pack family is worried about keeping their home, kids getting an education and saving for their retirement.

        Our freinds, cousins and neighbors work for the banks, sat/cable TV, diary, police depts, farms, school district, radio, oil companies, …, or own these corporations small suppliers or distributors. Those of us with a wit of intelligence know our friends and neighbors aren’t employed by the Obama casted evil corporations … these organizations provide value to us as a society.

        The problem is the leftists have sought to deploy massive government direction of OUR private capital. These so called progressive votes have worked against businesses and burdened state and local governments …. Just ask the boys at DU. Remember their study that Colorado is on an unsustainable fiscal path?

        What’s been the play book to date? DC Democrats continue to drop mandate turds on us, while state and local Democrats say thank you sir, can I have another!

        Salzman here is trying to trying to gin-up the tired old Democrat play book, it goes like this:

        “GOP candidate X is too extreme for Colorado, MSU to back radical assertion”

        Where is the democratic leadership on a sustainable path for Colorados governments? The governors answer to date has been …. Thanks Ed, can we have another?

    • OrangeFreeOrangeFree says:

      …as it is a messaging tactic.

      This is one of the generic messaging strategies the GOP has been employing for this election cycle, which is Democrats = bad, so the opposite of democrats = good. If your objective is to define a clear narrative between you and your opponent, the tactic is to say or do (in this case, vote) the opposite.

      It’s the old Whig Strategy. What did the Whigs oppose? Everything Jackson was for. What were the Whigs for? Everything Jackson wasn’t.

      The Whigs, alive and well almost 200 years later =)

    • Ralphie says:

      “If I didn’t understand what you wrote, then you didn’t write it very well.

      Arapahole–please tell the people who write your talking points to write them more clearly.

    • sxp151 says:

      Things just haven’t been the same since Pope Gregory XIII.

  2. Say Hey Kid says:

    Coors will probably end up losing as Perlmutter is one tough hombre.  There is a reason he has never lost an election.  It will force Perlmutter to raise money for himself and not other Democrats and take a lot of Union and Environmental money from other races.  

    Same with the Weissman guy running against Polis.  If he actually spends a lot of his own money he will keep Polis close to home instead of raising money for the DCCC.  

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