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January 26, 2009 11:38 PM UTC

The Next [Expletive] State Treasurer?

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  • by: Colorado Pols

Don’t look now but Ali Hasan, hobbyist candidate and “Master of the Terrible Press” is talking about coming back for another round–and this time, the whole state gets to feel the love (get your mind out of the gutter). As the Vail Daily reports:

The Beaver Creek Republican said he plans to meet with members of his party over the next several months to gauge support for his candidacy.

“I want my party behind me,” Hasan said. “This isn’t out of desperation, I want to help my state and my party.”

Got that? Not out of desperation.

Hasan set August as his target for making a decision on whether to run for state treasurer. Having the support of his party is one of the keys to his decision, he said.

Carol Onderdonk, co-chair of the Eagle County Democrats, said she thinks the state’s current treasurer Cary Kennedy is doing a wonderful job.

“I don’t know what his qualifications for state treasurer would be,” Onderdonk said. “I think Ali is a very personable young man and everybody is entitled to run.”

Cary Kennedy should be as happy as the Republicans–and Republicans wouldn’t be happy that Hasan was setting Kennedy up for a guaranteed second term, more a question of having one less statewide loss to pay for. If Hasan’s $350,000 in personal funds spent losing to his drastically underfunded opponent last year is any indication, it’ll be one expensive loss too.

And just to be clear: no, the whole state can’t file a restraining order.

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26 thoughts on “The Next [Expletive] State Treasurer?

  1. but then he figured it out and with the 3rd time was able to then wreck untold havoc upon the federal government.

    Point is, Ali will most certainly lose this race, but it may give him what he needs to win next time. It’s never a good idea to assume someone will lose.

  2. or manage a tight budget Treasurer.  After all, how well did that work for President??

    Silver spoon Hasan will certainly send the right message to strapped Coloradans about how well the GOP can ‘feel your pain.’  

  3. Did you see our conversation in the Monday open thread? You mentioned you could probably get 8% interest on state funds if you imitated Harvard. But Harvard lost 30% of its endowment this year. Does that change your thinking in any way?

    1. Normally, Harvard has performed much better, which is why I cited them, but overall, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and CALPERS (a California institution) have always performed solidly

      I would be evaluating all four of them, paying very close attention to how their portfolios have fared during this recent fiscal crisis

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