Miklosi questions Coffman’s claim he’s hosting town halls

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Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, in his Washington, DC office last year.

DENVER – Democrats, who have been asking Congressman Mike Coffman to host a town hall meeting, are questioning whether he’s telling supporters the truth in a thank you note that boasts he’s holding lots of them.

In a thank you note mailed to campaign donors and obtained by FOX31 Denver, Coffman writes: “I am already spending as much time as my duties in Congress permit holding town halls and meeting with the voters here in the 6th District.”

Democrats are calling BS.

For a couple months now, the progressive group “Fair Share Colorado” has been mounting photo-ops at Coffman’s office and, in one case last month, dropping off a petition signed by more than 500 constituents asking Coffman to hold a town hall in Aurora, which Coffman hasn’t represented before but is now part of his newly re-drawn 6th Congressional District.

They’ve even posted “Where’ Mike?” videos on YouTube, sarcastically looking for the congressman at his home, his district office and even scouting locations for Coffman to host a town hall.

The group alleges that Coffman hasn’t held a public meeting or town hall since a video surfaced in mid-May in which Coffman was heard telling a group of voters in Elbert County that he doesn’t think President Obama is an American in his heart.

“It’s clear that since Congressman Coffman’s radical statements about the Commander-in-Chief became public he is trying to hide from explaining his extreme record- from voting to force seniors to pay more for Medicare to trying to outlaw all abortions even in cases of rape,” Miklosi’s campaign manager, Joe Hamill, told FOX31 Denver.

“Congressman Mike Coffman needs to stop hiding and address his extreme positions face-to-face with voters.”

But Coffman’s campaign tells FOX31 that the Congressman has held three town halls this year: Feb. 25 at a grocery store in Highlands Ranch; a health care reform town hall in Greenwood Village on March 16; and, more recently, a July 3 town hall with seniors in Highlands Ranch — that’s more than a month after his controversial comments about the president in mid-May.

“Joe Miklosi’s claims hold no water, and he knows it,” Coffman’s spokesman, Owen Loftus, told FOX31 Denver. “As recently as July 4th, Congressman Coffman and the Denver state representative shook hands at a public event.

“Congressman Coffman prides himself as being open and available to meet with his constituents and has had dozens of public events over the past two months, including forums, meet-and-greets, town halls, parades, roundtables and meetings with civic organization like the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“We are not going to allow Joe Miklosi and his allies intimidate the Congressman and his family by stalking, showing up at their home, hiding in bushes and harassing their neighbors. These extreme tactics are desperate, irresponsible and unprecedented in Colorado politics.”