Inductees to the Republican Hall of Fame include six members of Cherry Creek Republican Women honored as outstanding volunteers: Andi Allott, Joy Hoffman, Ruth Prendergast, Shirley McClintock and Millicent Tallard. Not pictured Lori Horn. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
The last time Colorado’s attorney general spoke to Cherry Creek Republican Women was three weeks before the November 2016 presidential election.
“The audience was pretty keyed up at that time,” she said. “Today, you seem more relaxed, especially since Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch will now serve on the Supreme Court.”
Coffman is only one of three Republican woman attorneys general in the United States.
President Trump invited the attorneys general en masse to the East Room at the White House in February.
“He was personable, funny and much more charming in person,” Coffman said. “He gave us an hour of his time and a preview of his congressional assembly speech.”
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Senior Campaign Manager for Man & Woman of the Year: Kerry Olson and Quinn Washington, who is campaigning for the national title in honor of his friend Chelsey Hood Russell, who drowned last summer and whose mom Trisha Hoodis a CCRW member.
Coffman also had the opportunity to visit with Gorsuch, who was preparing for his confirmation hearing in what had been Michelle Obama’s office.
“He was brilliant, but not condescending,” she said of Gorsuch.
Coffman also talked about great opportunities for 2018 and gave the audience of mostly women a call to action, especially around unaffiliated women voters.
Only 29 percent of women are registered Republicans, 36 percent are registered Democrats, and 34 percent are unaffiliated. According to Magellan’s research conducted in May 2015, of those unaffiliated, 43 percent lean Democrat, 33 percent have no preference and 11 percent lean Republican. Two-thirds are pro-choice.
One of Coffman’s favorite quotes: “We’re drowning in information, but starving for wisdom.”
“We need to replace the media with face-to-face contact in messaging to other women,” Coffman said. “Women tend to favor candidates who are likeable and care about jobs, the economy and education. Leaders are preferred who can solve problems with concrete solutions, who will work across the aisle and who are approachable.”
Keynote speaker Attorney General Cynthia Coffman; Amara Martin, programs chair of Dress for Success Denver, this month’s philanthropy; Centennial mayoral candidate Stephanie Piko and Phil Cernanec, who is running for re-election to Littleton City Council.
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