Being someone who surfs the web for news and has about 50 Google Alerts sending me news throughout the day, I happened to catch the story coming out of Colorado yesterday that GOP Chairman Dick Wadhams has decided not to run for re-election.
Of course, I have to offer some commentary.
Wadhams was quoted saying he was, “tired of the nuts who have no grasp of what the state party’s role is.”
Amen to that.
Wadhams went on to say in this memo:
“I have tired of those who are obsessed with seeing conspiracies around every corner and who have terribly misguided notions of what the role of the state party is while saying “uniting conservatives” is all that is needed to win competitive races across the state.”
Many folks will remember that Wadhams was the campaign manager for John Thune when he beat Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle in South Dakota. That win propelled Wadhams to receive national attention. Other folks may remember that Wadhams was the Press Secretary for Montana Senator Conrad Burns and later ran his successful campaign against Brian Schweitzer in 2000. Wadhams later was the Chief of Staff for Senator George Allen and his campaign manager in the unsuccessful race against Jim Webb.
By the way, Allen is running for that Senate seat again and Jim Webb today announced that he was not running for re-election. Webb probably saw the writing on the wall that it would be tough to win in 2012. He and several other Democratic senators narrowly elected in 2006 have failed to deliver, including one in Montana.
It’s a tough job being a State Party Chairman, especially in this day and age of certain groups being involved in politics. I’ve always thought that State Party Chairs should be paid and maybe some are. You would have a better slate of candidates to choose from and not select someone because they can afford to do it.
The political parties do have problems. According to a recent poll, about 35% of people say they are Republican and about 35% say they are Democrats. That leaves about 30% to decide the elections.
I’ve written several columns about the perception of certain candidates being a RINO (Republican In Name Only) and not getting the support they need from certain groups. I’ve mentioned several times that I would rather elect a person whom I agreed with 60% of the time than throwing my support behind a weaker candidate that has no chance of winning or not voting at all.
Dick Wadhams will land on his feet. He is a phenomenal campaign manager who will be in high demand during the 2012 election season.