Thursday, December 14, 2006

Dick Wadhams is offered a job (no one knows why)

Dick Wadhams (former campaign manager for former Senator George Allen) was probably the worst thing that could have happened to George Allen, and I am sure many Allen supporters agree. We all know that he probably isn't welcome back to Virginia anytime soon, but Colorado has essentially rolled out the red carpet:
GOP leaders ask Wadhams to run for Colorado party chairman
By STEVEN K. PAULSON
Associated Press Writer
The Associated Press


DENVER - Hoping to recover from a series of stinging defeats, state Republican Party leaders have asked former Colorado campaign manager Dick Wadhams to return and run for state party chairman, The Associated Press has learned.

Wadhams guided Republican candidates to victory in Colorado, Montana and South Dakota before signing on this year with Virginia GOP Sen. George Allen in Virginia, a potential presidential contender who blew a comfortable lead in the polls and lost his re-election bid last month.

Senate Minority Leader Andy McElhany said Thursday he began recruiting Wadhams shortly after the November election, when Republicans lost control of the governorship and an open seat in the U.S. House. Two years earlier, they lost control of the Legislature as well as another open seat in the U.S. House and one in the U.S. Senate.

"I've been recruiting him as hard as I can," McElhany said.

Wadhams would say only that he does plan to return to Colorado and is considering several offers.

"I don't know what I'm going to do yet," he said.

House Minority Leader Mike May, R-Parker, said he also has asked Wadhams to run for party leadership.
I'm surprised by this news. Considering the fact that George Allen was supposed to be a shoo-in for re-election to the Senate and a prominent presidential nominee in 2008, I really cannot understand why anyone would give him another chance in the GOP. I truly do think that if Wadhams had run the race just a bit tighter, Allen could have won. Perhaps Colorado didn't watch our election here in Virginia.

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