Rep. Mike Coffman has become quite adept at taking multiple positions on specific issues, sometimes flip-flopping within less than 24 hours. As he faces his most difficult re-election challenge, against Democrat Andrew Romanoff, Coffman is trying hard to cut-and-paste over his own record, which his campaign must know is incredibly damaging.
Coffman has been an unabashed supporter of Personhood, which is of the belief that "life" starts just before a man and woman have finished having the sex with each other. He supports the "re-definition" of rape (as does Rep. Cory Gardner, BTW) to mean "forcible rape," which is, in a word, ludicrous. Coffman has co-sponsored legislation that would cut off funding for stem-cell research, which is pretty common among Republican elected officials who are as extreme right on abortion as Coffman has been.
Can you guess where this is going?
Perhaps it should be unsurprising, then, to see a "franked" mailer go out in his congressional district touting Coffman as a champion for curing cancer and advancing stem-cell research. Is it true? Who cares, right? This is New Coffman® we're talking about, after all.
Check out the PDF of the mailer "CoffmanCuresCancer" to see for yourself, or read more from Coffman's "Dear Neighbor" letter below. Coffman says he's made it a "priority in Congress to fund the kind of medical research that helps find the cures that can prevent these hearbreaking losses." It's not true, but it sounds nice, doesn't it? Or how about this line, "We have a moral obligation to continue this research." Really? Then why has Coffman tried to defund stem-cell research? Or was that just Old Coffman speaking?