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January 17, 2007 06:34 AM UTC

Bentley Rayburn is the Republican to watch for Republican nomination for Allard's Senate Seat.

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  • by: DemoGirl

I said it months ago and repeat it now.  Rayburn is the man to watch and the man the other Republicans should take most seriously–as wells as all Democrats. 

What he did in the 5th Congressional CD Republican primary with so very little time after his decommissioning from the Air Force and moving to Colorado was a tour de force–brilliantly executed, planned with military precision, but not enough time to overcome the perception as a carpetbagger.  I’ve noted in the Gazette he is considering the run and I’ve seen that Coloradpols did not include him as a party for whom to vote as the best Republican for the race.  I would have voted for him easily over all the other Republican candidates, if he’d been listed.

Take Bentley Rayburn seriously, people.  He’s got what it takes to get the Republican nomination and win the seat.  Count on it.

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3 thoughts on “Bentley Rayburn is the Republican to watch for Republican nomination for Allard’s Senate Seat.

  1. but I disagree that Rayburn could actually win this seat; but after seeing what he did in the 5th, we should all consider him a player.  He will shape the playing field by his run.

    Rayburn has a lot going for him.  He is probably the most intellectually smart people who will run for any seat in any state in 2008.  His military record also looks good and he beat expectations in the 5th (loosing but beating expectations is a great way to run again… think John Edwards).  He also is very well spoken and good looking.

    But the down side of Rayburn is that he is an ass of a person.  In the 5th, people who saw him several times seemed to walk away feeling that he was full of himself and had an enormous ego (what a surprise, a general with an ego!).  I have heard that a lot of people who served with him have a tremendous respect for his intellect and ability to lead, but are completely turned off by his incredibly high opinion of himself.  I do not know how bad his ego will hurt him in a large race because people interact less on a personal level and see the candidates on TV and in the direct mailers. 

    Either way, I agree that Rayburn will be a player in this race if he wants to be.

  2. DemoGirl wrote:  “Take Bentley Rayburn seriously, people.  He’s got what it takes to get the Republican nomination and win the seat.  Count on it.”

    I question this statement.  (Or perhaps I just don’t want to believe it)  I can see why Rayburn might have had some appeal in CD5 (although not enough to beat Lamborn).  His military background and Christian conservative statements made him a reasonable fit in El Paso County, where a large percentage of the CD5 voters reside.

    But I find it hard to believe that Republicans in other parts of Colorado would see the appeal.  He is on record saying in a public forum that he would work in congress to teach people to live and think Biblically as well as stating that the war in Iraq was important because it would open up Middle Eastern countries to the “word of Jesus.” Rayburn also told the audience the “Lord had directed him” to enter the election and he was chosen, as was the Bible’s King David, to be a leader lead by the Bible.

    I shudder to think that the majority of Republican voters believe we should send the U.S. military in to a sovereign nation, costing thousands of lives and billions of dollars to spread the word of Jesus.  And to imply that God speaks to him like Moses (but then allows him to garner a measly 19% of the vote) seems like fodder for the kind of satire that kills political futures.

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