Official--McInnis Out, Leftists Gloat
That was quick.
It's official--Scott McInnis is out:
Former Congressman Scott McInnis announced today that he will take a pass on the 2008 U.S. Senate race, clearing the way for what could be a wide-open contest for the Republican nomination.McInnis probably read the "McLobbyist" writing on the wall from the left, and sensed a lack of momentum from state GOP fundraisers and activists.
McInnis, who was widely regarded as a front-runner for the GOP nomination, said he will remain involved in politics, but that the contest was not right for his family.
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"My decision is based on doing what is right for Colorado, and ultimately what is right for my family," McInnis said in a release. "I appreciate the warm reception and encouragement that I received from many Coloradans," he said.
"I thank them for the privilege of service they afforded and bestowed upon me for many years. I will look forward to continuing to work with the next generation of leaders to uphold the ideals and values that make Colorado great."
A departure this early, even before the possibility for a GOP primary became reality, demonstrates the lingering effects of both the 2004 and 2006 elections cycles, both of which saw heated GOP primaries result in general election losses.
It also reflects the likelihood that the 2008 race will hinge largely upon fundraising support and a unified party backing the eventual candidate. The Dems have settled on Rep. Mark Udall, and now the Republicans will have to try to find the best possible candidate over the coming months.
Ben DeGrow broke the story Monday.
As for alternative candidates like former Rep. Bob Schaffer and AG John Suthers:
Schaffer said he believes voters lurched to the left in 2006 when the GOP lost two key Colorado positions to Democrats, the governorship and a seat in Congress, both of which were open. He said voters may be ready to go the other way next year.And the Dem's frontrunner Rep. Mark Udall?
"That's what I'm evaluating, whether the pendulum will swing back to the center, which would give Republicans an advantage," he said.
Nate Strauch, a spokesman for Suthers, said the attorney general also is evaluating the race.
"He hasn't ruled out a run, but he's not in the race at this point," Strauch said.
But "I don't think he's invincible," Straayer said. "Wadhams knows how to spell 'Boulder' and he knows how to spell 'liberal."'So will Colorado by the time the race ends.
MyDD thinks former Rep. Bob Schaffer looks weak in 2008.
DKos suggests that McInnis decided not to lose to Democratic candidate Rep. Mark Udall (D-People's Republic of Boulder).
DownWithTyranny! says Schaffer is a "pawn" of the "religionist right".
The DSCC envisions McInnis' replacement as woefully behind in fundraising and organization--19 months out.
Plans to launch BackwardsBob.org from ProgressNow, the successor to McLobbyist.org.
ColoradoConfidential cites a lack of political backing, fundraising, high negatives, and an apparently inevitable primary.
(cross posted from Slapstick Politics)