US Rep., Mike Coffman, speaks during a town hall meeting on Wednesday April 12, 2017 at Education Building 2 South in the CU Anschutz Campus. Coffman enacted strict rules for attendance and participation, but stayed an extra 45 minutes answering questions. 
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I’ve been a frequent critic of Coffman’s tendency to — what seems to me — in his heart of hearts sympathize with moderate and mainstream positions on a host of social issues, but kowtow to the bullying far-right base in the region. My theory is that there’s simply no longer room for the moderate Republican Coffman really wants to be

File--In this Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, file photograph, Republican incumbent Mike Coffman responds to a question during taped debate with Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff in the race for the seat in Colorado's 6th Congressional District in the studios of Channel 12 in Denver. Coffman has become the first House Republican to expressly criticize Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in a campaign advertisement. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

“We don’t want violent criminals on the street, and if a jurisdiction is going to do that, then, quite frankly — and announce that they’re going to it formally — then yeah, they ought to forgo their federal funds and we ought to spend it,” Coffman said. “I’ve consistently voted in favor of suspending federal funds to sanctuary cities.”