Tom Wiens For Governor, Anyone?

Fresh up at Politico from David Catanese, why the hell not?

Colorado Republican Tom Wiens, the former state legislator who dropped a bid for Senate last spring, is positioning himself as a possible alternative candidate for governor if former Rep. Scott McInnis loses the GOP primary Tuesday or is later forced to abandon his bid.

Wiens, a wealthy rancher, said he has cast his mail-in primary ballot for McInnis. But in an interview with POLITICO, he stopped short of ruling out a late bid for governor if his preferred candidate ends up out of the race.

“I just sent in my ballot, and I voted for Scott McInnis and let’s hope things work out. Who knows what might happen? Nobody can predict anything in Colorado this year,” Wiens said.  “You never rule anything out. I’m certainly qualified to run and be governor. I think I know the state better than almost anyone.”

We’d say it’s more likely Tom Wiens just wanted his name in print again, but it’s not like he’s alone in wanting to capitalize on Scott McInnis’ implosion. If anything, he’s late to the party.

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  1. bjwilson83 says:

    I suspect there is more behind this than Wiens just wanting his name in print. The hard part would be getting both the GOP nominee AND Tancredo to step down though – virtually impossible. I suppose he’d have a shot in a three way race if nobody voted for Tancredo.

  2. Half Glass Full says:

    Wiens supports a plagiarizing, blame-the-elderly-plebe, potential tax evader?

    Obviously a great judge of character.

  3. 1854 GOP says:

    What happens if Dan Maes wins the primary?  Will enough Unaffiliateds and Rs vote for Tancredo to make it close?  Hick should defintely dust off his bike (the one with the global take-over logo) as he will coast to victory.

  4. It's Me says:

    Whoever takes McInnis’s place will need the blessing of BOTH McInnis and Tancredo.  And that ‘aint Wiens…

    …someone else has already earned their endorsements.

    But I can appreciate Patrick Davis shilling for his clients.  

    • It's Me says:

      Patrick Davis, veteran political consultant and strategist for the campaign commented, “We have the best choice for Governor in Gschwendtner and he is backed by a professional team, over $100,000 cash on hand, and petitions on the street. Joe will quickly become known in Colorado. I fully expect that he will be our next Governor.”

  5. Pam Bennett says:

    With all these gov wanna be’s how about another out of office publicity hound?

    • Half Glass Full says:

      How about those other out-of-office publicity hounds (and a “female hound”):

      Mike Huckabee

      Mitt Romney

      Sarah Palin

      Sure, they’d be blatant carpetbaggers, but what the heck: so was Hillary Clinton.

      Wouldn’t it be fun to have Sarah Palin running for Governor of Colorado? We’d be re-introducing the grizzly bear to Colorado!

      Stranger things have happened. Quite recently!

  6. DavidThi808 says:

    The guy runs from interviews that might be critical. Having someone who spends the campaign hiding is not what the Republicans need.

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