Romney endorses Coffman in competitive C.D. 6 race

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Mitt Romney on the campaign trail in 2012. (Credit: CNN)

DENVER — Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who’s been handing out endorsements like candy, announced Tuesday that he’s supporting Congressman Mike Coffman, whose battle to retain his seat is among the most competitive House races in the country.

Coffman, R-Aurora, is facing a strong challenge from Democrat Andrew Romanoff in Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District, which was re-drawn in early 2012 and turned from a safe GOP seat into a pure toss-up.

That fall, Romney lost the district–and Colorado itself–by five points.

“I am proud to endorse Mike Coffman for Congress,” Romney said in a statement from the Coffman campaign Tuesday. “Mike has proven himself to be a voice of common sense for Colorado. He will fight to reduce reckless spending and hold the Obama administration accountable for its many failures, from Obamacare to coverups at the VA.”

Coffman was the first member of Congress to call on embattled Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign after revelations that VA staffers at multiple facilities cooked the books to make it seem like veterans didn’t have to wait as long to be seen as they actually did.

“It is clear to me that though our country faces many challenges, we can count on Mike Coffman to be part of the solution,” Romney continued.

Romney will be in Colorado Tuesday to raise money for Coffman.

Earlier this month, Romney also endorsed Bob Beauprez in Colorado’s four-way GOP gubernatorial primary.