Skip to comments.It's the Senate for Bennet [Colorado]
Posted on 01/02/2009 9:26:21 AM PST by george76
Denver Public Schools superintendent Michael Bennet is expected to be named Saturday as the future U.S. Senate replacement for Interior Secretary nominee Ken Salazar, according to two Democratic sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Gov. Bill Ritter is expected to name his U.S. Senate replacement pick on Saturday, ending a brief but frenzied period of speculation about who will take the seat of Interior Secretary nominee Ken Salazar.
The selection would be preliminary, since Salazar is not expected to resign his U.S. Senate seat until sometime after Jan. 15, when he faces a confirmation hearing and later vote to become President-elect Barack Obama's first Interior Secretary.
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Bennet chosen as next Senator
Sounds like “pay for play”, but just a bit more subtle than how they do it in Chicago.
Will his departure improve Denver’s schools or are they already beyond redemption?
I thought Ritter was a Rep.
Another corrupt political payoff.
Only difference is that they dont have Ritter on tape.
Now - what does this mean for 2010? Good or bad for GOP?
Bennet was probably DPS best hope, but PC, sanctuary and the techers union doomed DPS to failure.
Could be worse, we could have been stuck with Chickenloopy or Regrett...
Not by any stretch. Just another corrupt dem.
JUST ANOTHER CLINTONITE
Prior to his superintendency, Bennet served for two years as the Chief of Staff to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. Highlights of his accomplishment at the city include: closing an initial 10 percent budget gap in the first two months of office; balancing two consecutive budgets in Denver’s worst recession in history while preserving city services and avoiding layoffs almost entirely; conducting five collective bargaining negotiations; devising strategies to pass five ballot initiatives; and assembling a very diverse widely-acknowledged leadership team for the city.
He worked for six years prior to his tenure at the City of Denver as Managing Director for the Anschutz Investment Company in Denver, where he had direct responsibility for the investment of over $500 million. He led the reorganizations of four distressed companies including Forcenergy (which later merged with Denver-based Forest Oil), Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theaters, which together required the restructuring of over $3 billion in debt. Bennet also managed, on behalf of Anschutz, the consolidation of the three theater chains into Regal Entertainment Group, the largest motion picture exhibitor in the world. Prior to moving to Denver, Bennet served as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton Administration.
Bennet earned his bachelor’s degree in history with honors from Wesleyan University and his law degree from Yale Law School, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of The Yale Law Journal.
How corrupted is he by the pro-choice crowd and Colorado’s gay millionaires? My fool’s hope was that Ritter would appoint a socially conservative Dem to make up for his own sad compromises.
Ritter needs the NEA union money and the *free* union get-out-the-vote volunteers.
No real world business experience.
Auggie Ritter makes his choice in Colorado...
No such thing anymore.
His name should be Rob...as in Raubritter (Robber Knight).
I’m amazed he didn’t choose John Salazar. I mean, who is this guy? Did Ritter just pick him for moolah purposes?
Though I gather Ritter could have done worse than this guy.
As the CO GOP Chair said, it was a “perplexing” choice. Some Denver wonk. Bennet is a guy you hire to work at the U.S. Ed Dept, not the U.S. Senate. Is Auggie aware this guy is going to have to actually run a campaign in 2010, for which he has no experience ?
Maybe they Dems have grown so confident that they own Colorado now that they can throw anyone in there and they’ll be favored come 2010.
Like how the GOP establishment threw in Pete Coors ? This has the potential to blow up in just the same way (and I don’t see how this guy dodges a primary challenge, either). Now, if we can persuade Bob Schaffer to run again...
I’d love to have Schaffer run again, but I fear people will stamp him as a loser, having lost the 04 primary (which wasn’t his fault) and the 08 general (not entirely his fault either, as he had little money and was sucked under by McCain’s bad performance). They may turn to Mike Coffman, John Suthers, or maybe even Doug Lamborn.
Maybe Schaffer could run for his old House seat instead, which shouldn’t be in Dem hands anyway.
Perhaps its time for Scott McInnis’s turn. Its crazy in CO. In 2002, the Dems were just a Denver and Boulder party. Since 2004, we have really lost gound in the Denver suburbs and even the Mountains. As a result, the CO GOP is just a Colorado Springs party. Sadly this trend are reflected all over the nation.
I don’t know what to think of Bennet. The education establishment (especially the NEA) is lukewarm about him, at best.
I think those 3 have liabilities. Coffman wrong-headedly left his Sec of State job mid-term (and then Auggie promptly appointed a hack rodent to the office). Suthers is a strange man and strikes me as a RINO (and he was a big and early supporter of Slick Willard). Lamborn I don’t have a problem with, but that ugly civil war between him and Joel Hefley/Jeff Crank would be baggage we don’t need in a statewide race. I just literally can’t believe how fast CO’s GOP went into meltdown. A decade ago, it was unimaginable.
Often forgotten, Bob Schaffer actually does currently hold office. He’s a member of the elective body of the state Board of Education (he’s Vice-Chairman), whose boundaries are identical to the Congressional districts. His term doesn’t expire until 2013. He may prefer that to returning to the House, especially if he becomes Chairman (the GOP has a 4-3 majority on it, it just barely held an open seat in the 3rd district by a single %).
McInnis may be dangerously close to has-been. I never understood his flaking out in 2004. He not only just abruptly quit the Senate race, but then quit the House, too. We should never have lost his seat. I have no idea what he has been doing in the past 4 years, but seems to have just dropped off the radar screen.
Tom Tancredo remains a possibility. He’s good on the issues, but the MSM would really go after him. True, the MSM is reflexively anti-Republican and anti-conservative, but getting Tancredo would be a pet project for them.
Illegals are the #1 issue for me, but I cannot support him under any circumstances. He revealed his character in his behavior while running for President. Were he to get elected, he’d be a beachhead for Slick Willard’s attempt to hijack the 2012 nomination (that’s the payoff).
“Were he to get elected, hed be a beachhead for Slick Willards attempt to hijack the 2012 nomination”
If I’m not mistaken, Romney has said that he probably won’t be a candidate in 2012.
The one thing I’ve learned about him is a simple one. I never believe a word that he says. He’s running.
I didn’t know Schaffer was on the BofE. Whether he runs of not we need that house seat back.
I heard about the close race for the 3rd district seat of the BoE. Some arrogant news article was all like “this is proof moderate Republican can still compete in the 3rd district”.
Says McStain carried the 3rd district and that shockingly Obama took the 4th.
What the, oh there are 2 versions of this thread.
That doesn’t make any sense. CO-4 went rodent for Congress, which it shouldn’t have, but almost none of the counties within it (one ?) voted for the False Messiah.
Right only Larimer (Colorado Springs). You wouldn’t think the increase would be enough, 58% for Bush 2004 in district. It could be an error, I think these maps are imperfect they came out some soon after the election. Then again Obama did win according to this source and Dave Leip, Randy Forbes district in VA (57 Bush) thanks to increased black turnout and WI-6 (56 for Bush). I didn’t believe either till Leip said the same thing. This source also has Roscoe Barlett’s Maryland seat going for Obama. I think that can’t be true. 65% for Bush. Must be a mistake.
I can’t wait for the complete numbers to be available on cq politics.com
I was surprised the 3rd went McCain. John Salazar needs to make a primary challenge to what’shisface, we’ll see if Ken is still praising him in that instance.
Larimer is up on the WY border, that's Fort Collins (which has had 2 GOP Mayors in a row, including a Hispanic Conservative, Ray Martinez). El Paso County is Colorado Springs. It's disturbing enough that red rot is spreading northward out of Denver/Boulder as it is.
"You wouldnt think the increase would be enough, 58% for Bush 2004 in district. It could be an error, I think these maps are imperfect they came out some soon after the election."
It's clearly an error, since Larimer doesn't have enough people, nor margin, to override the rest of the district.
"Then again Obama did win according to this source and Dave Leip"
I'm looking at Leip, too (which unfortunately does not have a breakdown for the individual Congressional districts in CO), and he doesn't show that McCain lost the 4th. It looks like McCain did lose the 3rd, since several counties within it (especially the old Hispanic counties, and Pueblo, went against him). But I don't know the total numbers.
"Randy Forbes district in VA (57 Bush) thanks to increased black turnout and WI-6 (56 for Bush)."
Yeah, those are clearly shown, since Leip has the Cong. district maps for those two states. I hadn't realized that McCain carried only a paltry 13 (!) counties in WI, and only won Sensenbrenner's district. That's a disaster. I don't think Pawlenty or Tommy Thompson would've changed that. I still don't understand what kind of an appeal the False Messiah had in wide swaths of rural WI. It seemed the counties nearest the Chicago media market (suburban Milwaukee) were the most put off by him, although not one single county in the state trended GOP from 2004. All the more remarkable down here in TN where we literally and viscerally repulsed by the False one to the point of Nixon-McGovern proportions. Some liberal rodent asked, "What's wrong with TN being so out of step with the country ?" I think the better question is, "What the hell happened to the rest of the country while TN remained a bastion of sanity and clear-headedness ?"
"This source also has Roscoe Barletts Maryland seat going for Obama. I think that cant be true. 65% for Bush. Must be a mistake."
Clearly. Bartlett's district is hyper-Republican, simply because the Dem legislators moved as many Republicans into it (6th) and the 1st as possible (Kratovil I believe is toast in '10, he didn't even win by 1%). Only Baltimore County within Bartlett's district went for the False one, and ostensibly the section he has in the county is probably the most Republican, designed to keep the surrounding Cong districts Dem. Leip doesn't have a map for MD's districts, either.
Ooopsy. Yes of course C Springs in in the 5th.
Musgrave's continued under performance and large loss are a puzzlement to me.
which has had 2 GOP Mayors in a row, including a Hispanic Conservative, Ray Martinez
That's nice. Perhaps he should take a look at the seat. Lionel Rivera in C Springs might also be good for higher office if he too is a conservative. I'd don't recall from his '06 house bid if he is.
I still don't understand what kind of an appeal the False Messiah had in wide swaths of rural WI.
Kerry and Gore won more narrowly some of those same areas. the Obey and Kind seats. One of the few rural areas to go for those losers.
Obama won a nasty blowout. Disaster indeed, look at all that extra red in the northeast and northcentral area and darker shades of Red in the southwest compared to 04. McLame wrote off the state didn't he, didn't bother to spend or campaign. The state was a tie in the last 2 elections. I was surpised Kerry eked out a win, likely fraud aided like Gore's with the giving of cigarettes to homeless people in exchange for their absentee ballots.
We lost an Appleton area state house seat that had been GOP held for over 90 years.
Only Baltimore County within Bartlett's district went for the False one
He has Northern Montco too. A conservative part supposedly that they made sure to take away from Morella. They really did a number on MD. The rats in state are isolated geographically to Baltimore and the DC burbs. I'm thinking you could draw 4 GOP seats. Surley one could be made from portions of the 3rd and 5th in south cenrtal MD.
Dem. Leip doesn't have a map for MD's districts, either.
Not yet anyway. He has those for 2004. Seems like has way more states for 2000 with the old lines.
Partly, one would believe she was under constant attack for being a solid Conservative (her Wikipedia article is so ridiculous in their in-depth scrutiny of her that you seem almost incredulous that they left out an analysis of her bowel movements and whether or not she is capable of being multi-orgasmic). How many 3-term House Democrats have that kind of absurd scrutiny ? Practically zero.
However, there was one charge that stood out, made by her 1st and 2nd opponent, Stan Matsunaka, and it actually is about the worst thing you can be accused of as a member of Congress, that being your constituent services. He charged she was poor in that regard. While I cannot confirm whether this is true, if it is, that could turn enough Republicans in the district against her. A lot of people can look the other way on some issues of disagreement just so long as your office responds to your inquiries in a timely manner. Some members have a better knack for it than others. While that doesn't insulate you completely from defeat if your services are good, it certainly doesn't hurt. I think there was a similar allegation made against now fmr. Rep. Barbara Cubin in WY (as of yesterday, all the folks elected in November are now no longer Senators or Reps-elect. Poor Norm Coleman is now former Senator Coleman until the results are overturned).
"Lionel Rivera in C Springs might also be good for higher office if he too is a conservative. I'd don't recall from his '06 house bid if he is."
Yes, apparently he is. Some article stated he read the Colo Springs City Council the riot act for approving health benefits for employees' same-sex partners.
"Kerry and Gore won more narrowly some of those same areas. the Obey and Kind seats. One of the few rural areas to go for those losers. Obama won a nasty blowout. Disaster indeed, look at all that extra red in the northeast and northcentral area and darker shades of Red in the southwest compared to 04. McLame wrote off the state didn't he, didn't bother to spend or campaign. The state was a tie in the last 2 elections. I was surpised Kerry eked out a win, likely fraud aided like Gore's with the giving of cigarettes to homeless people in exchange for their absentee ballots."
Milwaukee is a problem for fraud, albeit not as bad as Detroit. But in very close races, as WI was in '04, all you need is a handful of errors in precincts spread all over the state in order to change the equation. I was recalling something about the infamous '96 LA Senate race when it was ascertained that even if all the fraud on Landrieu's behalf in NOLA hadn't occurred, all the Dems needed to have done was fix "1" vote in every precinct in the state. One. That ain't a tall order.
"He has Northern Montco too. A conservative part supposedly that they made sure to take away from Morella. They really did a number on MD. The rats in state are isolated geographically to Baltimore and the DC burbs. I'm thinking you could draw 4 GOP seats. Surley one could be made from portions of the 3rd and 5th in south cenrtal MD."
I was looking at another indistinct map that didn't show county borders, so forgot that he had Montco. I found it amazing for a time we held half the House seats in MD (technically, if you look at the overall breakdown, we were overrepresented). We should have at least 3, though. We do have a much larger presence in the legislature than we used to - at one point, in the MD House, we hardly held over 10% of it, as recently as from 1975-1991, though we're down from the 31% we had in 2003-07 (now at 26%). In the Senate, we are at 30% now, as it has been since 2002, and the highest percentage of that body since 1951-55 (although in those days, there were fewer overall Senators). Because the elections are held every 4 years, the swings aren't as dramatic, though I do wonder what they'll do to our people for 2012, especially if that boob O'Malley is reelected. I doubt we'll have any say in how the seats are drawn. At one point, it looked possible we might win the 5th seat of Steny Hoyer's, who was forced to move in '92 to a more GOP-friendly terrain when they hacked a huge chunk of his old seat to bits to create the Black-majority 4th district, but so many Dems have poured into it, it's now out of reach for good.
I was wondering about Cubin’s weakness too. Interesting thought.
“(as of yesterday, all the folks elected in November are now no longer Senators or Reps-elect. Poor Norm Coleman is now former Senator Coleman until the results are overturned).”
I hope it’s a when and not an if. :-X If they succeed in stealing this one with double counting of votes! and that swarmy bastard Franken smirks his way to Washington....
On the plus side bye bye Chris Shays!!! Cya. Bye Ted Stevens. Gordon Smith, you did it to yourself numbnuts. :(
Half of Hoyer’s seat (42% Bush) is Price George’s (D) if you the take the rest and add some friendly territory from the 3rd (45% Bush) (and there’s a little in the 7th too) you’d could draw a GOP) seat. Basically I’m looking at Anne A. Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties and Howard (narrow kerry bigger for Obama). Not quite enough for a whole seat. You could add Northern Montco and a little bit of the Baltimore burbs. Might be tricky rejiggering the portion Prince George’s.
A few months ago I was trying to see when the last time the GOP had the Maryland Legislature. There’s a list of House Speakers and Senate Presidents, with no parties listed.
The GOP Speaker I can confirm is this guy.
No google hits for some guys like Speaker John L. G. Lee who I guess was Speaker after the 1920 election.
I was thinking how dramatically PG County has changed. In the '60s and '70s, it had an up-and-coming Republican Congressman (who looked to have the potential to become Governor or Senator), Larry Hogan. He actually did run for both offices, but picked two lousy years to run (he didn't even get the nomination when he ran for Gov in '74). He was the PG County Exec as recently as 1982, probably the last Republican to serve. A lot of Blacks flooded out of DC into the county, dragging their horrific voting habits with them, so now the place is just as violent and lousy a place to live as parts of DC. Unfortunately, too, the "red spread" has moved past PG and is now in Charles, a formerly GOP county.
"A few months ago I was trying to see when the last time the GOP had the Maryland Legislature. Theres a list of House Speakers and Senate Presidents, with no parties listed."
The last time we won the MD House was in 1917 (for 1918-20). In those days, MD elections were off-year (in odd-numbered years) until 1926. In the 1920s, the number of members was increased (in 1918, there were 102 House members, 55R-47D, but by 1923, there were 118 members and the R's dwindled down to just 25 members to 93 (!) for the Dems - and from 1926 until 2002, we never held over 30% of the seats again).
The last time we won the Senate was in 1897 (for 1898-1900). We managed to elect U.S. Senators in joint session for 1897 & 1899. Those were the first two Republicans the state ever elected. We made out a bit better after the popular era, winning in 1916, 1920 & 1928. Of course, we haven't won since 1980 (and that with the dreadful left-winger RINO Charles Mathias, and Mathias was looking for a way to switch parties in his last term without jeopardizing his Chairmanship - he couldn't find a way).
"No google hits for some guys like Speaker John L. G. Lee who I guess was Speaker after the 1920 election."
Lee was a Democrat from Harford County. He was the Speaker for 1922-24. He succeeded a fellow Harford County Democrat in that office, a fella named Millard Tydings. Tydings embarked on a long Senate career (and deserves a lot of infamy in defaming and slandering Sen. Joe McCarthy - McCarthy got his revenge by seeing Tydings defeated in 1950 by John Marshall Butler, the most Conservative Senator MD has had since, and by one account, the most Conservative member of the entire body).
Herbert R. Wooden of Carroll County (1918-20) was the last Republican to serve as House Speaker to date.
Schaffer is a loser, he is not a team player,
A lot of this discord comes out of Focus on the Family. e.g. Jeff Crank.
he never supported Coors after he,
Schaffer lost big time in the primary.
Schaffer is a loser, he is not a team player,
Coors was the disaster, and he was effectively coronated in that primary (like McCain). Schaffer hardly had any money to compete. The result in the general was quite predictable. That’s what happens when you allow the RINOs to cherry pick incompetent candidates.
The Schaffer people and the FoF people Colorado was solidly conservative and Republican The Focus on the Family people have been divisive.
Nice to know that folks from Tennessee,
know more about Colorado than those of us in country.
continued to tell lies about Coors
after their loss in the Primary.
until Focus on the Family moved in from California.
The Schaffer people and the FoF people
Colorado was solidly conservative and Republican
The Focus on the Family people have been divisive.
Don't pull that red herring crap with me. I was watching that race very closely from start to finish. It was the same crap they pulled in my state and in OK. We had an excellent Conservative Congressman named Ed Bryant who was all set to run, until the RINO establishment pulled the rug out from under him and annointed a RINO instead. Only OK was successful in stopping their Pete Coors/Lamar! Alexander farce from being shoved down their throats. Had Schaffer the money to compete and beaten Coors as he should've, he'd be in the Senate today as opposed to Salazar. The RINO establishment got their revenge on Schaffer this cycle by letting him twist in the wind and not providing him any money. They were quite happy to see Udall win.
Oh, and btw, you look like the only Pete Coors apologist on FR. He was the worst candidate to run for the Senate from Colorado in over 50 years. Anybody with an ounce of sense could've seen how incompetent a candidate and ill-prepared he was. Salazar destroyed him in the debates. You don't put up a newbie to go up against a shark. Focus on the Family didn't make him an incompetent candidate and inarticulate debater.
Nothing like a carpetbagger telling you how to run your state.shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach Adonai
The self-righteous from FoF refused to back Pete Coors
because he associated with alcohol and
Coors Inc hired Dick Cheney's daughter who is a lesbian.
We had a primary; Coors won. Schaffer and FoF told lies
about Coors and refused to support him.
The lies were: "Coors will not support article two of the Bill of Rights"
That is a bold faced lie; I have shot with Pete.
He was on the Executive Board of the Denver Area Council
and strongly supported Shooting Sports in the Boy Scouts.
Focus on the Family went after Doug Lamborn because
he took a donation from the gamblers in Cripple Creek.
I think you should concentrate on politics in Tennessee
and leave politics in Colorado to the folks who live here.
You are clearly not a follower of the Christ
with all that P0rn on your web site.
You lost the argument. You started the name calling.
"The self-righteous from FoF refused to back Pete Coors because he associated with alcohol and Coors Inc hired Dick Cheney's daughter who is a lesbian."
Pete Coors was an inarticulate and incompetent candidate, and the choice of the Rove/RINO establishment. Are you accusing Focus on the Family for causing Pete Coors to be inarticulate and incompetent ?
"We had a primary; Coors won. Schaffer and FoF told lies about Coors and refused to support him."
A primary bought by the RINO establishment.
"The lies were: "Coors will not support article two of the Bill of Rights"
And Pete Coors was still an inarticulate and incompetent candidate.
"That is a bold faced lie; I have shot with Pete."
That's not all you're doing with Pete.
"He was on the Executive Board of the Denver Area Council and strongly supported Shooting Sports in the Boy Scouts."
Congratulations. He was was still an inarticulate and incompetent candidate.
"Focus on the Family went after Doug Lamborn because he took a donation from the gamblers in Cripple Creek."
I support Doug Lamborn.
"I think you should concentrate on politics in Tennessee and leave politics in Colorado to the folks who live here."
And respectfully, you can kiss my ass. Anybody who can defend Coors as a candidate obviously demonstrates why Colorado has now become a Democrat state under the auspices of blindly naive and ignorant RINOs like yourself.
"You are clearly not a follower of the Christ with all that P0rn on your web site."
I have no porn on my FR webpage. Porn is not permitted on Free Republic, check the rules. And no follower of Christ judges another as you have done, FRiend. You have a nice day.
What a nice doggy you have.
Yeah I decided to leave Charles out of my proposed district there with it's huge swing to Obama. Dole won it with 48%. Bush lost it in 2004 with the same 48. Bam 62% for Obama, yikes.
I checked the list. Hogan was the last GOP County Exec (or only GOP one I guess they didn't have them before 1970?). He was succeeded by Glendening. I believe MD Governors are styled your excellency. I reading once "His Excellency Parris Glendening".
The last time we won the Senate was in 1897
"he didn't even get the nomination when he ran for Gov in '74"
Who did? Seeing as how he voted for Tricky Dick's impeachment you'd think that would be popular.
Interesting he was elected. PG was never exactly Republican was it? I see the last Republican to hold his seat before him was elected to the 83rd.
"The last time we won the MD House was in 1917 (for 1918-20). In those days, MD elections were off-year (in odd-numbered years) until 1926. "
DJ's got the info! That explains that.
In the 1920s, the number of members was increased (in 1918, there were 102 House members, 55R-47D, but by 1923, there were 118 members and the R's dwindled down to just 25 members to 93 (!) for the Dems - and from 1926 until 2002, we never held over 30% of the seats again).
Dayum that's a huge drop and a pathetic % for 80 years. What's your problem Maryland. Gerryland?
and Mathias was looking for a way to switch parties in his last term without jeopardizing his Chairmanship - he couldn't find a way).
Yeah cause's there's not a way unless you switch the majoirty with you. That dirty punk.
McCarthy got his revenge by seeing Tydings defeated in 1950 by John Marshall Butler, the most Conservative Senator MD has had since, and by one account, the most Conservative member of the entire body
Wow I would have thought he was a moderate like the Bealls. Perhaps he would have made a good running mate for Nixon in '60.
Oh and that’s a helluva long time on the Maryland State Senate. What a crappy record. I guess only Alabama(time to get with the program Bama!), Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana have it beat.
I gather that the 2 houses being split used to rarer back in the olden days.
Quite so. Border states like it had a weird persona. They never were under the Reconstruction gun, but yet they were not fully comfortable and fitting the pattern of a Northern or Southern state. For awhile, Kentucky shared some similarities with it, although they were clearly more Southern in outlook, but both had some modest GOP presences, and a rare occasion of a GOP majority (at least at the federal level), although the resemblence is gone now. WV also was somewhat in the style between them, but they had a much stronger GOP presence than either (and from 1895-1933, it basically was a Republican state, but the heavy unionization turned it Democrat from that point on -- absent unionization, WV was a lot like East TN, an odd duck in the South for being a solidly GOP area from Reconstruction right up until today).
"Yeah I decided to leave Charles out of my proposed district there with it's huge swing to Obama. Dole won it with 48%. Bush lost it in 2004 with the same 48. Bam 62% for Obama, yikes."
It's clearly due to the new arrivals. It's one of the fastest growing counties in the state. No doubt these suburbanites, sadly, are mostly rodent.
"I checked the list. Hogan was the last GOP County Exec (or only GOP one I guess they didn't have them before 1970?). He was succeeded by Glendening. I believe MD Governors are styled your excellency. I reading once "His Excellency Parris Glendening"."
PG County first elected an Executive in 1971. There was a mistake on Wikipedia stating the first, William Gullet, was a Democrat, he was a Republican and Presidential elector in 1972. He likely would've won a second term were it not for local difficulties. Hogan put it back in the GOP column in '78 (but he didn't run for reelection, preferring to try to take on Paul Sarbanes, then a first-term Senator). Glendening was the last White County Exec PG will probably have for some time to come. His successor, Wayne Curry, was a bit more pragmatic (fairly close to DINO). Curry endorsed Ehrlich-Steele in '02 and there was some speculation Curry would succeed Steele on the ticket with Ehrlich in '06 (something I personally endorsed), but that didn't materialize. The Republicans were the first to run a Black candidate for statewide office, but that wasn't Steele. State Senator & Dr. Aris T. Allen was the first in 1978 when he was the Lt Gov nominee with ex-Sen. Glenn Beall, Jr. Allen had high leadership positions both in the legislature and in the state GOP. Unfortunately, Allen was nearly 70 by the time he was the nominee. He was back in the House as late as 1990 and died in '91 at the age of 80.
"Who did? Seeing as how he voted for Tricky Dick's impeachment you'd think that would be popular."
It was former State Sen. Louise Gore. She narrowly beat Hogan for the nomination. But Barone stated in the almanac of the time, Gore made the rounds meeting the GOP primary voters while Hogan was exclusively focused on running against the troubled Mandel, and that accounted for his surprising loss. She got a disappointing, but respectable 37% against the troubled Marvin Mandel. Barone theorized if Hogan had gotten the nomination, despite the bad GOP year, he might've actually managed an upset. The state wasn't ready for a woman Governor (and still has yet to have one), although Gore would've probably done decently. She was described as a Conservative. As for poor Glenn Beall, he did even worse in the better year of '78 when he got only 29% (!) in the open race. But Harry Hughes was not the person he expected to face, Beall was expecting to run against Lt Gov (and acting Gov during Mandel's legal troubles) Blair Lee. When Lee was beaten by Hughes in the Dem primary (and Hughes ran as the anti-Mandel), it was all over for Beall.
"Interesting he was elected. PG was never exactly Republican was it? I see the last Republican to hold his seat before him was elected to the 83rd."
By the '60s with its increasing suburbanization, PG moved towards the GOP, displacing an old rural Democrat machine settled on Upper Marlboro (the courthouse), and was clearly GOP by the early '70s, but by 1976, it was moving back to the Dems and with the dramatic increase in middle-class Blacks, followed by poorer ones fleeing the likes of Anacostia. You can see by these figures ('68-41%R/40%D; '72-59%R; '76-42%R; '80-41%R; '84-41%R; '88-39%R; '92-25%R; '96-22%R; '00-18%R; '04-17%R; '08-10%R). PG is now more Democrat than Baltimore City, simply unimaginable in the 1970s, the most Democrat area in the state of MD. One wonders where all those Republicans still present in the '80s went.
But, yes, prior to Hogan, Frank Small, a PG County native, won in '52, swept in on Ike's coattails. He lost by a 6% margin in '54 (Small was a bit too much an early bloomer, as the Dem machine was still in place then). As the district shrunk in size with the addition of another Cong. district and became more suburban by the mid '60s, Hogan ran against the incumbent Dem, Hervey Machen in '66, but lost by a respectable 8% (Machen escaping the anti-LBJ bloodbath). But Hogan caught a wave in '68 (Spiro's help ?) and this time beat Machen, 53-47%. Hogan quite probably would've been reelected in '74 had he stayed put. As it was, and a demonstration the district was still Republican, the Dem, Gladys N. Spellman won by only 53-47% over John Burcham, a Hogan protege. Her increasing margins from that point on were due to increasing Black voting percentages.
Spellman would've probably settled in for a long career in the House, but when she was just 62, she had a massive heart attack days before the '80 general election. Unfortunately, she didn't die (which would've been a blessing), but lingered horribly in a coma for the next 7 years of her life, dying at 70, without ever regaining consciousness. The Dems had her seat declared vacant after waiting 4 months to see if she would make any progress. When the special election was called, we ran a very respectable candidate, Audrey Scott, who got 44%, but she lost to Steny Hoyer. Too many Black Dems were in the district now and refused to consider voting GOP at that point. 6 years earlier, with different demographics, Scott would've won. As it was, Miss Scott, I believe became the last Republican to be elected to local office within PG County. She ran for County Exec against Jack Johnson when Curry retired, but lost by a 2-to-1 margin (still, with 34%, that was double the percentage most Republicans in the county receive, now 3 1/2 times today). Ehrlich gave her a position in his administration. After Curry, I'd have probably chosen Scott for a running mate for Ehrlich in '06.
Of note, Larry Hogan's son (Larry, Jr.), when the lines were redrawn in '92 to make the district more GOP and White (Hoyer could've tried to run in the 4th, but it would've been difficult against Al Wynn), ran against Hoyer, and gave him the closest race since Audrey Scott. He got 44% and Hoyer got a subpar 53% (with a 3rd party candidate getting 3%). Junior had placed second to Audrey Scott in the 1981 GOP special primary. Had the seat been open in '92 or '94, Junior probably would've won, but the seat has continually gotten more Dem. Our best year since was in '96 with John S. Morgan, who got 43%, but the figures have dropped precipitously since, and Hoyer has never had a first tier challenger since.
"Dayum that's a huge drop and a pathetic % for 80 years. What's your problem Maryland. Gerryland?"
I think gerrymandering is part of it, but the GOP was never deeply ingrained. The reason for our winning the legislature in 1917 was due to a one-time uptick in anti-Dem voting. In Baltimore City, for example, of the 24 member delegation in 4 districts (6 members apiece) the GOP swept 16 of them to 8 Democrats. In 1919, they lost 10 of those seats, and only won in the 4th district, sweeping all 6 of those (the sole gain they made, they held 5 of those in 1917). By 1922, they lost all of those to Democrats and had zero Republicans. To get an idea of how badly the GOP was perpetually shut out of Balto City, the district lines (then in 1924 split into 6 districts of 6 members elected to each, 36 members in total, whose districts remained in place (albeit some added a member over time) until 1974, no Republicans were EVER elected again in the 1st district, although at that point, the last time any won was in the 1909 election when they swept 4 of the 6. None won ever again in the 2nd district from 1917-75. Not until 1954 did won win again in the 3rd. In the 4th, there were occasional GOP wins from the '20s & '30s, and then one in the '50s, but it became a Black area, and then no more Republicans were ever elected. In the 5th, one guy was elected in the late '20s, but then never again. This became the district later where Marvin Mandel and Ben Cardin came from (Cardin being elected as long ago as 1966 when he was about your age, and has never been out of office since). The 6th district never elected a Republican in the period between '24-'74, either. By 1974, there were a whopping 43 members in those 6 districts alone, and it was all-Democrat. There were only 21 Republicans in the entire House spread out all over the rest of the state. MD has been sort of infamous for its bizarre multi-member House districts that it has, and they're not just confined to urban areas, either. Many districts have 3 members, but some have districts with just 1 or 2, and some of the districts are numbered and lettered (such as 9A, 9B). Confusing as hell.
"Wow I would have thought he was a moderate like the Bealls. Perhaps he would have made a good running mate for Nixon in '60."
Butler may have been perceived as too close to Joe McCarthy (who was thoroughly vilified by 1960, nevermind that the Kennedys even in '52 wanted McCarthy's support when JFK ran for the Senate, McCarthy detested Lodge and vice versa. Lodge considered McCarthy part of the "rabble" that he didn't wish to be a part of. That superior, smug Brahmin attitude was the reason the GOP disintegrated in MA from majority party status at that point). Butler may have also been tired. He was 63 in 1960 and a WW1 veteran (he was born right around when my grandfather was in 1897), and he voluntarily retired in 1962, undefeated. Ironically, his 1956 opponent was the legendary George Mahoney, the "George Wallace/Lester Maddox" of Maryland (Populist/Conservative). Mahoney really irritated the urban liberal Democrats in the state. His nomination in '66 for Governor was the last straw for them, and they ran a 3rd party Democrat, which enabled Agnew to win.
One weird note about Butler: He actually did not win the 1950 Senate primary in real total votes. David Markey, who lost by only a half percent to ex-Gov. Herbert O'Conor in 1946, won by 2% over Butler, but because there was a proportional voting system ("unit voting"), Butler won a higher total in units. Markey's problem may have been age. He was 69 in 1950 and would be dead by 1959. He might've been able to defeat the ultraliberal Millard Tydings, but the seat probably would've been back in Dem hands before long (and Tydings, who had been in office continuously since about 1916, was still 9 years younger than Markey). Butler was 16 years younger. Markey, at 71, tried one last time to make a run in the GOP-leaning 6th House district, but lost the primary by a wide margin to DeWitt Hyde. Hyde was almost 30 years younger. He was one of the casualties in the 1958 anti-Ike landslide (although we won the seat back in '60 - with, you guessed it, the liberal Chuck Mathias). Mathias was followed in that seat when he was elected to the Senate in '68 by, yup, Glenn Beall. Beall won the Senate seat after a single term in the House by beating Millard Tydings's adopted son, Joe Tydings. The Democrats, Goodloe Byron, followed by his wife, Beverly, held the seat for the next 22 years. But the Byrons were well to the right of both Mathias and Beall. Poor Roscoe Bartlett ran against Bev Byron in 1982, and she obliterated him by the margin of 74-26%. Bev probably would've kept on winning (had we not been able to persuade her to switch parties) had she not been beaten in the '92 Dem primary. Roscoe Bartlett lucked out enormously when the Byroncrats (which were really Republicans anyway that supported the Byrons) rebuked the Dem nominee and he won, otherwise he'd have just been a placeholder candidate for the GOP.
My take is that Gov. Ritter needs union money and union *volunteers* for the Ritter re-election.
This is a ‘pay to play’ with the NEA.
Mayor Hickenlooper is the more powerful political figure.
Good for us.
I find the choice mindboggling (I was sure that Ritter would pick John Salazar). Unless I’m horribly mistaken (and, if so, I apologize), Bennet is openly gay (or at least doesn’t try very hard to hide it). Barney Frank will be heartbroken if the first openly gay U.S. Senator is someone other than him.
There’s a potential 2010 Senate pickup right there.
You could definitely draw 4 GOP districts in MD, and in 2000 you could have drawn 4 GOP districts and a liberal MD-08 that would have been held by RINO Connie Morella. The easiest way would be to draw a white ultraliberal CD in Montco, a black-majority CD taking in all of Baltimore City (including the white parts currently in MD-03) and a few suburbs, a black-majority CD taking in the western Baltco suburbs, most of Howard County and black areas in PG County, and a third black-majority district takin in most of PG County, less heavily white parts of Montco and most of Charles County. The four GOP CDs would be (i) the Eastern Shore plus most of Southern Maryland (which, DJ correct me if I’m wrong, were together prior to 1992), (ii) all of Ann Arundel County, parts of Baltco and most if not all of Harford County, (iii) most of Baltco (excluding Dem areas) and Carrol County and (iv) the Western Panhandle plus less heavily Democrat parts of Montco and Howard Counties.
But, of course, the Democrats control redistricting. I wonder if they’ll try to draw 7 comfortably Democrat districts, which could be done, especially if they draw two Montco-based white CDs (one taking in Frederick and Hagerstown, the other taking in parts of Ann Arundel and white parts of PG) and draw two black-majority CDs based in PG County that also take in parts of Southern MD and the Eastern Shore (which votes GOP but has quite a few blacks and would be swamped by the 90%+ margins in black PG precincts), one of which could continue up until eastern Baltimore City.
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