“I stand by my statement that I misspoke and I apologize.” That sentence, Colorado U.S. Republican Rep. Mike Coffman’s instantly iconic defiant videotaped feast of crow, is now, inevitably, an online laugh generator.
The House Majority PAC, a campaign finance committee dedicated this year to putting Democrats in the House of Representatives, has posted Coffman’s response to 9News Denver reporter Kyle Clark. In May, Clark asked the Sixth District congressman to elaborate on what he meant when he told a Republican crowd asking about the president’s birth certificate that he thought the president “in his heart” was “not an American.”
In response to five street-side attempts on the part of Clark to prod Coffman to more fully explain the comments, Coffman stopped and started but in the end could only repeat: “I stand by my statement that I misspoke and I apologize.”
Visitors to AskCoffmanAnything.com type in a question– any question– to which the only response is Coffman, chin thrust forward, repeating only: “I stand by my statement that I misspoke and I apologize.”
Coffman’s once solidly Republican district was redrawn last year to contain a nearly even split of Republican, Democratic and unaffiliated voters.
“As [the site] makes abundantly clear, Mike Coffman is just out of touch,” House Majority PAC Spokesman Andy Stone told the Colorado Independent. “And while Coffman will work overtime to hide his birther beliefs as he introduces himself to the new voters in this district, Coloradans won’t forget his extreme record.”
Coffman is running for re-election against Joe Miklosi, a Denver Democratic state representative.