by Donald E. L. Johnson | 10:36 am, July 14, 2010 | 5 Comments
Yesterday I outlined a scenario under which Scott Mcinnis would announce that if he wins the GOP's gubernatorial primary, he would drop out of the contest. Then a GOP vacancy committee would name a new candidate.
In the very unlikely event that this scenario works out, who would the GOP put up against Governor-elect John Hickenlooper?
Attorney General John Suthers is my favorite, but he is running for re-election and probably would stay in that race rather than take on Hick. Former State Senator Mark Hillman also would make a good governor. Will Armstrong would be an interesting candidate, but he's unknown to voters.
And it has been suggested that the loser in the Ken Buck v. Jane Norton U.S. Senate contest might become the party's gubernatorial candidate.
Then the GOP has a problem. There is no bench. None of today's Colorado Republicans look like they are ready to be governor, but I may be mistaken on that count.
This means the GOP has to look to the old guard: Former senators Hank Brown or Wayne Allard would be credible and fairly strong candidates. Bob Beauprez is a strong campaigner and would make a good governor, but "Both ways Bob" probably wouldn't be the guy. Tom Tancredo and former State Senate President John Andrews would be too easy for Hick to demonize.
Josh Penry, who dropped out in favor of McInnis last winter, is running Jane Norton's campaign. He'd probably see the assignment as a career killer and decline the honor of being a sacrificial lamb.
Tough call, if it ever has to be made. It probably won't because McInnis doesn't care that much about Colorado or the GOP. He'll do what's best for him, and that probably won't be what's best for Colorado and his party.
The goal should be to elect an honest, competent governor who is a Republican. Instead, we're going to get an Obama Democrat who talks out of both sides of his mouth and doesn't plagiarize or mess up his campaign records.
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