Coffman’s fact-free attack on a judge deserves media scrutiny

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Rep. Mike Coffman.

Rep. Mike Coffman.

In a blog post about a week ago, I gave conservative talk-radio host Hugh Hewitt some unsolicited information on why Rep. Mike Coffman is still so upset at losing his conservative district and now being a square peg in the round hole of Aurora.

Coffman told Hewitt that Democrats had "targeted my seat in the redistricting process."

"A Democratic judge – you know, certainly his affiliation, I’m sure, — in Denver signed off on their map, without any amendments, and it certainly is what they call a ‘D+1’ [‘D’ plus one] district."

An astute reader informed me that, in fact, judge Robert S. Hyatt is an unaffiliated voter, and likely has been since 1979, according to public records.

I checked this out myself, and confirmed it, with a high degree but not complete certainty, as I was unable to reach the retired judge himself–and he likely wouldn't have divulged this information anyway.

As my correspondent pointed out, Coffman's reckless — and fact-less — attack on the independence of the judiciary deserves scrutiny by reporters, particularly in light of Coffman's oath to defend the U.S. Constitution.

As a progressive, I can tell you that Hyatt is no friend of progressive causes over conservative ones, as a brief examination of Hyatt's decisions makes obvious. Remember, he ruled in favor of conservatives just last year in a case clearing the way for the recall of two Democratic state senators.

8 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Gray in Mountains says:

    it is important in that it deonstrates his qualification for his next job: troll or radio host

    But, expecting the media to give this more than a cursory exam is not very helpful because it is just a grain of salt. Not very tasty. Not very impressive to voters. Tea baggers will believe Coffman and say the scrutiny is an example of MSM going after an American Hero. Then, the baggers will invent a theory that Hyatt had been conceived with the intent to foment a court decision helpful to a Muslim/Kenyan/socialist president in the second of his terms.

    Don't you get it, Jason? 

  2. Gray in Mountains says:

    AC-will you please post a cartoon demontrating the theory which I expounded above?

  3. CaninesCanines says:

    A convenient excuse for an inconvenient campaign.

  4. BlueCat says:

    Why doesn't he blame the Republican state legislators who turned down a deal that would have been better for Republicans including him because it wasn't enough for them? That's why it wound up in court. 

  5. FrankUnderwood says:

    First, it's kind of premature for Coffman to be market testing his excuses for losing this early in the game.  Although I admit to being a big Romo fan, this is competitive race and Coffman would be better off trying to convince people to vote for him (as challenging as that might be) than in shifting the blame.  And of course, he's off target on where he placing the blame.  As BC mentioned, the Republican House shot down a plan which would have given Coffman a better district, deciding to take their chances in court.     

    Even Hyatt's maps were extremely fair to both parties.  Each got two safe seats, each got one leaning seat, and C.D. 6 was a toss up.  Or at least it would be a toss up but for the fact that the GOP has gone out of its way to alienate Hispanics which is now coming back to bite them en su culo

    Unless they are awarded 4 or 5 solid, safe districts, the Repubs cry victimization.

  6. BlueCat says:

    Besides the premature excuse part, I think  his whining about how much he hates his unfair new district won't play well with the newer CD6 voters if Dems are smart enough to run ads pointing it out. Something (a bit cleaned up) along the lines of your Rep really resents having a much higher percentage of you pain in the ass Aurora voters to put up with. Especially more of you annoying minorities. Dems could with that what they did with Mittens 47% takers remarks.

    • notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

      You're right, BC. The best way to take Coffman out of that seat is to let his new constituents know just how he feels about having to represent them. I know several people who live in the New CD 6, who still haven't gotten over losing Perlmutter and are predisposed to toss Coffman out on princilpe. This ain't gonna help him. I hope Romanoff's people have the sense to let Coffman hang himself. It's not "going negative", it's just providing information to the district. 

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