Fix Daily Poll: What should Dick Wadhams do in Colorado?
By Aaron Blake
Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams has had a rough go of it lately.
After bursting on to the political scene by guiding then-Rep. John Thune (R-S.D.) to a victory over Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) in 2004, Wadhams was declared the "next Karl Rove."
Then he fell victim to Sen. George Allen's (R-Va.) YouTube moment in 2006, and in 2008 he moved back to Colorado, where the losing continued with former Rep. Bob Schaffer's (R) Senate campaign.
But this year might take the cake.
Wadhams is dealing with an impossible situation in the state's open governor's race. Former Rep. Scott McInnis's plagiarism charges came at the worst possible juncture - too late to recruit someone else into the primary, and too early for McInnis to drop out, because then little-known and underfunded candidate (with some curious ideas) Dan Maes would be the party's nominee.
On top of it all, the state GOP is strapped for cash, and Wadhams has the added headache of the new third-party candidacy of former Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo (the two men really went at it on a radio show last week).
A Denver Post poll this week shows Tancredo decimating the GOP's hopes of winning the seat -- not to mention Maes taking a lead in the Republican primary.
So what is a party chairman to do?
We put the question to you...