President (To Win Colorado) See Full Big Line

(D) Joe Biden*

(R) Donald Trump

80%

20%

CO-01 (Denver) See Full Big Line

(D) Diana DeGette*

(R) V. Archuleta

98%

2%

CO-02 (Boulder-ish) See Full Big Line

(D) Joe Neguse*

(R) Marshall Dawson

95%

5%

CO-03 (West & Southern CO) See Full Big Line

(D) Adam Frisch

(R) Jeff Hurd

50%

50%

CO-04 (Northeast-ish Colorado) See Full Big Line

(R) Lauren Boebert

(D) Trisha Calvarese

90%

10%

CO-05 (Colorado Springs) See Full Big Line

(R) Jeff Crank

(D) River Gassen

80%

20%

CO-06 (Aurora) See Full Big Line

(D) Jason Crow*

(R) John Fabbricatore

90%

10%

CO-07 (Jefferson County) See Full Big Line

(D) B. Pettersen

(R) Sergei Matveyuk

90%

10%

CO-08 (Northern Colo.) See Full Big Line

(D) Yadira Caraveo

(R) Gabe Evans

70%

30%

State Senate Majority See Full Big Line

DEMOCRATS

REPUBLICANS

80%

20%

State House Majority See Full Big Line

DEMOCRATS

REPUBLICANS

95%

5%

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors
March 02, 2007 09:31 AM UTC

"Senator" is just as cool as "General," right?

  • 3 Comments
  • by: GOPpundit

There are multiple and compelling arguments for persuading General Rayburn to pursue a title change to “Senator.”

1.) It’s important for McInnis (and Rayburn) to have a primary. Udall will be a strong candidate and it will be important for the conservative candidate to have his mettle strengthened through a positive and vigorous issues debate.

2.) We all know that it’s “all about the money, stupid.” If Rayburn can be enough of a politician to court and win them, Schaffer and Lamborn are important pieces of his financial picture. If he can capture funds from Colorado (non)Christian (divisive)Coalition and the always interesting Club (baby seals?) for Growth then he has a real shot at being competitive with McInnis. Lamborn and Schaffer deliver very important money and political connections.

3.) Geographic / Demographic realities work to Rayburn’s favor. El Paso County delivers the excess votes needed to make up for lost ground from the more left-leaning areas in Colorado, most notably Denver and Boulder. Look at both Owens’ gubnatorial bids… El Paso County was the deciding factor to deliver victory.

4.) If Schaffer is wise he’ll make politically savvy alliances with McInnis and Rayburn. Regardless of how things end up he will be in prime position to enter the race against Salazar in two years. He should consider a private deal with McInnis for future cooperation and a public endorsement of Rayburn.

5.) Rayburn has the credentials and the sand to walk into a Senate race like few individuals do. His military credentials are impeccable and his lack of a record will serve him well. Some have bandied about the idea of a second CD-5 run… this pundit’s opinion is that it’s really almost too small a pond for Rayburn’s depth and capacity. If Rayburn runs for the Senate (and – quite importantly – resists any temptation to endorse in CD-5) then El Paso County (and the four others in CD-5) will congeal for him and he will make a very strong showing.

Comments

3 thoughts on ““Senator” is just as cool as “General,” right?

  1. It’s too late for Rayburn to get in the race. Although I agree with many of the points made above it doesn’t rescue the time scenario. And, quite frankly, I attended several CD-5 events and am not convinced the General can handle himself on the platform with the big boys.

    1. The more important question is whether there is “too little” and on that we’re talking cash.  That’s where the Club for Growth has proven it can take a third rate Republican mayor from Rhode Island and come within a hair of beating the incumbent Republican senator in the primary.  The power of incumbency is great.  McInnis does not have that.  His $1M is chump change compared to what the Club for Growth will do for Rayburn, IF he gets the CFG’s endorsement.  McInnis will not win if the CFG endorses Rayburn . . . and it has lots of time in which to make a decision to do that.

Leave a Comment

Recent Comments


Posts about

Donald Trump
SEE MORE

Posts about

Rep. Lauren Boebert
SEE MORE

Posts about

Rep. Yadira Caraveo
SEE MORE

Posts about

Colorado House
SEE MORE

Posts about

Colorado Senate
SEE MORE

74 readers online now

Newsletter

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to stay in the loop with regular updates!