BRIGHTON | It’s Round Two for Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman, who, unlike many congressional Republicans, is engaging once again with anxious voters in his suburban Denver district.
Coffman, who hosted a contentious April town hall, holds another late Tuesday at a high school in the northern suburb of Brighton. The event comes after the GOP-led Congress failed to act on President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
And it comes as his Colorado GOP colleague, Rep. Ken Buck, declared the Republican Party dead in a Denver Post commentary . Buck said the party has accomplished little in Congress and “no longer has a vision for a better America.”
Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake, in a forthcoming book, “Conscience of a Conservative,” echoes that judgment, saying conservatives have abandoned limited-government tenets for their own self interests in a dysfunctional government. Democrats are equally to blame, Flake says.
Like Coffman’s April event, Tuesday’s attendees needed tickets and photo IDs to get in. No signs bigger than a sheet of paper are allowed. A lottery determines who can ask questions. “No yelling, shouting or disruptive behavior,” read his invitation.
Coffman, first elected in 2008 in a district that now has more Democrats than Republicans, previously avoided town halls, favoring private meetings with constituents or more scripted telephone town halls.
He bucked the House Republican majority by voting against health care legislation that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said would deprive millions of insurance. While favoring replacing the law, he wants to ensure continued coverage for pre-existing conditions.
Coffman also has…
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