You may recall that CD-6 candidate Mike Coffman’s victory in last month’s decisive primary election came over the furious objections of GOP chairman Dick Wadhams, who mobilized just about the entire Republican establishment in Colorado in a dramatically unsuccessful attempt to stop Coffman and keep his present office of Secretary of State in GOP hands.
A few days after the election, longtime GOP operative and former Coffman
accomplice associate Dan Kopelman tried again to persuade Coffman to help “save” the SoS, this time ahead of the August 28th deadline for the GOP to appoint a candidate to run in November for the office. Kopelman praised Wadhams in particular, calling him the “Crown Jewel” of the Colorado Republican Party, and asked recipients to go to Wadhams with their support for Coffman’s immediate resignation (as opposed to Coffman himself).
We’ve noted consistently throughout this conflict that Wadhams has been high-handed and arrogant in his dealings with Coffman, and after marshalling every big GOP name in the state against Coffman in the form of endorsements of his unqualified opponent, Wadhams stands today as the unequivocal loser.
Further proof of which can be found in the fact that today is September 2nd, four days past the deadline–Coffman is still the Secretary of State, and a Democrat will be appointed to replace him. Coffman has always maintained that SoS is a nonpartisan office–though Kopelman may understandably disagree–and he’s expressed a personal commitment to staying on until he’s sworn in to Congress in January. But beyond that, we’ve heard from many sources that Coffman had no intention of even appearing to capitulate to “The Dick,” meaning that Wadhams’ asshole demeanor tripped up his larger objectives once again.
So here’s our question: does the Coffman/Wadhams feud represent something more in terms of Wadhams’ long-term influence? Particularly in the event that Wadhams’ star client Bob Schaffer gets pummeled in November, will a new picture of Wadhams–ineffectual has-been–begin to emerge?