Skip to comments.Wyoming Races: Gov. Freudenthal (D) Strong, Rep. Cubin (R) 'Vulnerable'
Posted on 02/15/2006 5:17:27 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
A self-described "ultra-conservative," Kathleen Meade of Cheyenne didn't vote for Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal in 2002. But if the 2006 election were held today, he would get her vote.
"I really do not fault a majority of what he has done," said Meade, 74, a retired teacher. "I think he's sincere. I don't have negative thoughts against him."
When it comes to Republican U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin, however, Meade speaks more critically.
"There are some things I've been disappointed with," the longtime Cheyenne resident said. "At this point, it seems that she mostly does what the Republicans in Washington want her to do."
According to a new Casper Star-Tribune poll, Meade isn't the only registered Republican who feels that way. Eighty-one percent of Wyoming voters surveyed -- including 78 percent of Republicans -- rated Freudenthal's performance as "excellent" or "good." Cubin's performance was described as "fair" or "poor" by 53 percent of those polled -- including 38 percent of the Republicans surveyed.
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I don't think that Barbara Cubin is in particular danger of losing the general election. However, she would be highly vulnerable in a Republican primary against one well-known opponent.
Wyoming politics update.
Congresswoman Barbara Cubin has never had the political security of Wyoming's two U.S. Senators.
That's quite an interesting comment from a self-described "Ultra-Conservative".....especially since Cubin has a 97 lifetime rating from ACU.....
How did a Democrat get elected as gov. of Wyoming any how!?
I'm not sure, but I think that Republicans were unable to unite after the primary.
Also, Freudenthal had name I.D. from his days as U.S. Attorney for Wyoming.
I was suprised to learn that Wyoming is not a right to work state, it has a lot of unionized miners IIRC. IOW it's closer to Minnesota than it is to Montana.
Someone correct me if I am wrong.
Most of the Union voters are in the Southern Tier of the state.
But the case is that Barbara Cubin has never been all that popular in Wyoming.
Whats the complaint on her by the way. Some local issue?
I've never understood what it is that has engendered ill-will towards Barbara Cubin. I've seen nothing objectionable towards her voting record whatsoever.
As for Freudenthal, the greatest worry I have is a potential future run for the Senate. We cannot afford to be sending a Democrat from Wyoming (the last one elected was Gale McGee in his 3rd and final term in 1970).
I'm not certain. I know that she was controversial while in the state legislature.
Well, talk to some locals, they'll know more than I do. I'm just a political observer several time zones away from the great state of Wyoming.
She seens to have an abrasive personality. Former Senator Malcolm Wallop was never particularly popular for the same reason.
IMHO, the biggest possible threat to Cubin's tenure would be if term-limited state Treasurer Cynthia Loomis were to challenge her in the GOP primary.
They lumped the fair in with the poor?
Heck I rate my congressman as poor and I'll be voting for his sorry RINO hide again this November, and I wouldn't cross the street to spit on him.
I've heard the "abrasive" charge. I never understood it in Malcolm Wallop's case. I saw a speech he gave once on C-Span in the late '90s and he had practically the entire audience on its feet clamoring to have him run for President. Alan Simpson could often get ornery, though, and he was a bit of a RINO.
I wouldn't panic too much, yet. Since 1974, Jim Geringer was the only GOP Governor (1995-2003). I think the people like to elect a Democrat to counterbalance the GOP legislature (which, to my knowledge, has never once gone Democrat since statehood), sort of like a Massachusetts in reverse.
I know this is a house race and Cubin will almost certainly win, but why is it almost every senator up for reelection seems to be a republican? What's the deal?
Thomas is 100% secure though.
I am not paniced about Wyoming, just that liberal Sheila Sorenson trying to win the 1st district in Idaho.
Is she as liberal as Orval Hansen was ? I know he was the last bonafide liberal RINO Congressman from Idaho (1969-75).
Probably more so. He was related to me kinda.
I talk about him like he's dead, he turns 80 this year. That would be amazing if she were to the left of him, since his lifetime ACU rating was a paltry 42, only slightly more Conservative than Democrat Richard Stallings's 38 (or Larry LaRocco's 29).
This sort of data suggests that we conservatives still have a big job to do if all who think they're conservatives are to be educated about the Rats.
There are many, many non-liberal, but stupid and ill-informed, people out there. Talk radio can do only so much. Fox has marginal impact on public opinion. The blogs are negligible except among political junkies. WE must take on some of the job, person to person.
And we can count on Rat candidates in places like Wyoming trying to pull this kind of krap. Some people fall for it, so we need to counter it.
Barbara Cubin is the favorite to win the general election. However, if she draws a strong primary challenger, that could be a different story.