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State GOP chairman visits Alamosa

Posted: Thursday, Mar 12th, 2009

Dick Wadhams, chairman of the Colorado State Republican Party, speaks to San Luis Valley Republicans in Alamosa on Wednesday.

Republicans rally for 2010


ALAMOSA — Meeting with San Luis Valley Republicans in Alamosa on Wednesday, Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams said the GOP is already preparing for the 2010 elections.

“I think we are going to have a great opportunity in those major races to win,” Wadhams said. “We have a lot of candidates out there considering running.”

Wadhams said two Republicans have expressed interest in running for governor in 2010 but have not yet announced - former U.S. Congressman Scott McInnis and current State Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry.

Republicans eyeing the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Michael Bennet who was appointed to fill Ken Salazar’s term through 2010 are former legislator Bob Beaupre, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, Ryan Frazier of Aurora and conservative talk show host Dan Caplis, Wadhams said.

“It will take a few months to figure out who is going to get in this thing,” Wadhams said. “They are all great candidates.”

Wadhams said he believed Republican candidates would stand a good chance at the polls next year.

He added that he believed a viable Republican candidate could stand a chance against U.S. Representative John Salazar in the future as well. “I am not personally writing off the Third Congressional District. I think John Salazar is a good man and he’s a good person, but Congressman Salazar has voted down the line for everything coming through the House of Representatives. I think he’s going to find himself on the wrong side of his district as we get deeper into it.”

Wadhams said voter registration would be a greater emphasis with the Republican Party in Colorado in the future. During the last election, the Democratic Party and particularly Barack Obama “sunk millions of dollars in Colorado” to conduct voter registration, Wadhams said. He added the Republicans would emphasize voter registration as well but through voluntary efforts.

Wadhams, who has chaired the Colorado Republican Party for two years, said the party has improved from the $600,000 deficit when he took the position to zero deficit now. “We don’t owe a debt to anybody,” he said.

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