After being cleared of wrongdoing, Mike Coffman fires back at Colorado Ethics Watch

After the Independent Ethics Commission failed to censure 6th District Congressman Mike Coffman, Colorado Ethics Watch director Chantall Taylor issued a statement expressing disappointment that the IEC had let Coffman off the hook so easily. Not surprisingly, Coffman's own response to the ruling is considerably different. Instead of taking satisfaction in his victory, he focuses on excoriating CEW, which he accuses of waging a "two-year frivolous and partisan campaign" against him that wound up wasting precious government resources. Feel more of his rage after the jump.

This morning, Mike Coffman issued the following statement:

"Today, the State of Colorado's Independent Ethics Commission put an end to a two-year frivolous and partisan campaign against me by a group that calls itself Colorado Ethics Watch. Make no mistake: Ethics Watch is a highly partisan political organization that disguises itself as a nonpartisan and nonprofit group dedicated to ethics reform. In reality, Ethics Watch is funded as part of the Colorado Democracy Alliance, an organization with an objective to discredit leading Republicans. In a disingenuous attempt to justify its tax-exempt status, Ethics Watch will occasionally target "expendable" Democrats. The outcome of this case speaks volumes about Ethics Watch and its failed partisan scheme.

"At a time when Colorado is facing a serious economic crisis and our state budget is seeing dramatic cutbacks, Ethics Watch wasted precious government resources by falsely accusing me of corruption and criminal misconduct when they knew they had not a shred of evidence to support these outrageous lies. No one should ever take Ethics Watch seriously again.

"I provided leadership in the Secretary of State's office with the same honor and integrity that I have demonstrated in my service to our state and nation in the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps, as a State Legislator, the State Treasurer, and in my current role as a Congressman."

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