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September 25, 2011 06:59 PM UTC

Dick Wadhams Gets a Job!

  • by: Colorado Pols

From our friends at National Journal’s Hotline, H/T to Lynn Bartels of the Denver paper:

Michigan Republicans are getting a harder sell from candidates who want the opportunity to take on Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra may be the front-runner at the moment; the Holland Republican lost his bid for the gubernatorial nomination in 2010, but his time in office has given him a solid fundraising and political base.

Before he gets a clean shot at Stabenow, Hoekstra must get through a host of other Republicans. The one who will give Hoekstra the most trouble: Former state Board of Education president Clark Durant…

In the Michigan U.S. Senate primary, Clark Durant is the hard-charging conservative versus the “establishment” Pete Hoekstra–though Hotline notes that Durant has plenty of establishment support of his own, such as friend of Wadhams Saul Anuzis.

Still, it’s a bit of a role-reversal (publicly, anyway) for former Colorado GOP chairman Dick Wadhams to run Durant’s campaign, after declining to seek re-election for Colorado GOP chair under a cloud of accusations of meddling in primaries spanning two election cycles–muscling primary candidates around on the way to losing general elections to Democrats. Between Bob Schaffer and Jane Norton, Wadhams has overseen both sides of the primary coin recently, that is the winning and the losing. And while once he got to the general election it’s been more about losing in recent years, statistically that means he’s up for a win. Right?

All told, we do think a sharp-elbowed GOP Senate primary is exactly what Wadhams is best at, so it’s a good hire–he just wasn’t very good at admitting this while he was GOP chairman.


14 thoughts on “Dick Wadhams Gets a Job!

    1. To see Wayne Wolf consigned to the dustbin of history.

      I don’t think McInnis actually declared himself a candidate though so you’re right about one of Schaffer’s would be challengers. I believe they both blamed Wadhams for short circuiting their campaigns though. “I would have beat Udall” and so forth.

      1. is a better comparison, Wadhams was on the winning side of that contentious primary. Then Wadhams could have been on both sides of the primary coin, and there was a Norton on either side too!

        1. “It’s a Norton sandwich!” No.

          “You’ve got Norton coming and going!” No

          “Wadhams has experienced Nortons both ways!” NO

          It’s probably good that I don’t write the headlines around here.

  1. He has a very tight group of friends and confidants (follow the yellow brick road to US Senator Armstrong and Gov. Owens).

    They generally pick their favorite candidate(s)for key offices and work to insure their success (last year it was Penry & Norton).  

    He was a complete and utter failure as party chair with multiple candidates.  It’s not in him to stay neutral in a primary battle.

    He’ll do better as a campaign strategist/manager.  

  2. And while once he got to the general election it’s been more about losing in recent years, statistically that means he’s up for a win. Right?

    Actually if someone consistently loses then odds are he’s going to lose again. If running enough was sufficient to eventually win the Harold Stassen would have been president.

  3. He will be sorely missed here in Colorado. And by “us” of course I mean Democrats. God speed, Dick. Your job is done here. Spread that magic touch around.

  4. They’ll be the next state after Colorado, Montana, South Dakota, Florida, Virginia and Colorado to run him out of town on a rail.  How long before people figure out that this guy is a has-been who can’t run a campaign using today’s modern media and equipment.  Ugh.

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