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February 14, 2016

Bill Maher Flip a District: Coffman Rounds Out Final Four

Coffman is in a Tossup race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Coffman is in a Tossup race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Bill Maher Flip a District effort is going after Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado, rounding out the final four Republicans the comedian wants to give the boot from Congress.

What’s interesting about the Coffman selection is he is the only lawmaker on Maher’s list actually representing a competitive seat.

Coffman’s race in the 6th District is rated a Tossup by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. The three others — Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, John Kline of Minnesota and Blake Farenthold of Texas — are in contests rated Safe Republican.

Maher said on the Aug. 1 summer finale of his HBO show “Real Time” that Coffman earned the final slot.

“That’s right, Mike is a deep-red conservative trying to keep pace with a district that’s turning purple and smokin’ green,” Maher said, grinning. “He once said that [President Barack] Obama is just not an American. Wow, you’d have to be high to re-elect a guy like that.”

That’s a reference to a May 12, 2012, fundraiser, during which Coffman reportedly said he isn’t sure about Obama’s citizenship. The Denver Post reported the quote as, “I don’t know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don’t know that. But I do know this, that in his heart, he’s not an American. He’s just not an American.”

Maher told his audience they are in charge, and “it’s up to you to order” off the menu.

“Over the next month, let us know which of these bloated ticks on America’s hide needs to be burnt off with the mighty cigarette of democracy,” he said.

The liberal host will announce the “winning loser” when his show films from Washington, D.C., on Sept. 12.

Coffman prevailed, so to speak, over Dan Benishek, Kerry Bentivolio and Tim Walberg of Michigan, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Michael G. Grimm of New York, Steve King of Iowa, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, Steve Southerland II of Florida, Jackie Walorski of Indiana and Ted Yoho of Florida.


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  • Layla

    Why stop with only 4? The entire House and 1/3 of the Senate are up for reelection. This is a great time to send each and every one of them to the unemployment line. We can vote out the rest in 2016, and 2018. Then maybe we’d have representation for American families instead of just illegal border crashers.

  • Carson Holmes

    Only a clown — not a comedian — would to single out the only veteran of both the First Gulf War and the Iraq War serving in Congress. Only 20% of the current Congress — both House and Senate — are veterans. Coffman has successfully won the trust of VA whistle blowers and shone the national spotlight on the abuses and corruption in the VA. The recent bipartisan bill reforming the VA is the result of his tenacity of not giving up on this issue. Maybe we should get to vote out the most clueless comedian on TV. We veterans would rather see Bill Maher go than Mike Coffman.

    • Nobama

      Carson, what do you expect from a Hollywood idiot?
      To call Maher an Asshole is an insult Asshole’s everywhere.

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