Thursday, March 11, 2004

Do Republicans see Dubya as a drag on their ticket?

Senate? Senate anyone? Apparently big name Repugs in Colorado don't think winning a Senate seat is a sure thing in 2004. Beauprez says it is "not the right time." How many chances does one get? Just two years ago, a loser named Wayne Allard won re-election in Colorado. Should be even easier in an historically red state with a Republican incumbent President leading the ticket, shouldn't it? Think back to November 2002 when all the silly pundits were tripping over themselves saying how Dubya had transformed the political landscape, blah, blah, blah. Yeah, that's what I'm counting on, too.

Second Top Colorado Republican Says No to Senate

DENVER (Reuters) - Rep. Bob Beauprez said on Thursday he would not run for the U.S. Senate seat from Colorado being vacated by fellow Republican Ben Nighthorse Campbell, leaving his party still without a strong candidate to defend a crucial seat.

Republicans hold just a one-seat majority in the 100-member Senate, and Colorado party officials began scrambling for a successor to Campbell after Republican state Gov. Bill Owens -- their first choice -- dropped out of contention on Tuesday.

Owens even mentioned Beauprez twice when he said he would not run for family reasons.

In a conference call with reporters, Beauprez said this was not the time to run for the Senate and he hoped instead to be re-elected to his House seat for a second term.

"At some point in the future I may feel compelled to run for the U.S. Senate, but this is not the right time for me," Beauprez said from Washington.

Republicans need to find a big-name candidate soon. On Wednesday, Attorney General Ken Salazar, Colorado's highest- ranking Democrat, announced he would run.

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