Skip to comments.Theodore Roosevelt IV Opts Out of G.O.P. Race for Senate
Posted on 11/25/2009 5:45:39 PM PST by GOPGuide
Few people knew that he was thinking about it in the first place, but Theodore Roosevelt IV, a wealthy investment banker with serious credentials on environmental issues and in foreign policy and of course, that famous name now says he will not seek the Republican nomination for the Senate from New York in 2010.
Mr. Roosevelt, the great-grandson of the 26th president, worked at Lehman Brothers and is now a managing director at Barclays Capital. He said he began studying a run against Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, a Democrat, over the summer and was encouraged by talks with Republicans including former Gov. George E. Pataki, Representative Cynthia M. Lummis of Wyoming and Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the chairman of the partys senatorial campaign committee.
Calling himself a liberal Republican, Mr. Roosevelt, 66, a former chairman of the League of Conservation Voters who lives in Brooklyn Heights, spoke harshly on Tuesday about the partys conservative national leadership and lamented that the state Republican organization was a series of fiefdoms, though he said he was confident that he could have won the nomination.
But the prospect of quitting his job, devoting himself to fund-raising, and, even if he won, having to wait nine years to gain enough seniority to wield much influence, all led him to abandon the idea, he said in a telephone interview.
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What Conservative national leadership ?
The country doesn't need any more "liberal Republicans," thank you.
I too would speak harshly about the complete and total absence of same.
The Bull Moose party is looking for some leadership. Quit polluting the Republican Party and causing Lincoln and Reagan to roll over in their graves.
If you are unwilling to pledge your life, fortune and sacred honor to the principles of the Declaration of Independence please leave the Republican Party.
Timing problem, buddy.
I saw him make a speech at the Republican Convention in 2000. It was a big dud, drew hardly any response.
Loser. He saw that Rudy is likely to run in that same race, and knew he stood no chance of winning against Giuliani. The whining against ‘conservative’ leaders is just a smokescreen
Yeah, the country really needs another RINO in congress. Drop dead already Teddy!
I recall TR IV’s speech on conservation at the 2000 GOP National Convention (I think it was 2000). Pretty liberal stuff, not what we would want from a Republican Senator. Even Rudy is to the right of this guy.
“Few people knew that he was thinking about it in the first place,..”
If a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it does it make a sound?
spoke harshly on Tuesday about the partys conservative national leadership and lamented that the state Republican organization was a series of fiefdoms, though he said he was confident that he could have won the nomination.
Not in your Lifetime, Lefty..!
At least with Rudy I know he is honest and I can trust him; the same can’t be said for the rest of the “Moderates” (90% of ‘em)!..
From what I’ve seen of some of TR’s descendants, they jumped the shark after Theodore, Jr. (a Philippines & Puerto Rico Governor) & Kermit, Jr. (a patriot who helped install the Shah of Iran). The rest have been moonbat crazies, like Kermit, Jr’s son, Mark Roosevelt, who was a Democrat elected to the MA State House (and was a cousin of ultra-RINO William Weld’s then-wife) and was Weld’s ‘94 Gubernatorial opponent. Weld’s then-wife, Susan Roosevelt, was funnelling money to defeat Conservatives (she backed Harvey Gantt over Jesse Helms, partly why Helms obliterated Weld’s nomination as Ambassador to Mexico, a beautiful moment in the Senate of the past quarter-century, Helms was magnificent). I only vaguely recalled reading of TR, IV, but don’t recall his speech. I sincerely doubt the predecessors would be particularly approving of them.
In what way are you using the word "Yankee"? The two most common definitions are (1) an individual who is usually from the Union states and who opposed the Confederacy during the Civil War, and thus it's a term still commonly used by a southerners loosely to refer to a non-southerner and (2) a New Englander, usually with ancestry in New England going back several generations.
If you are using definition (2), TR IV probably has no New England roots to speak of (other than likely going to Harvard or maybe Yale), so I wouldn't call him a Yankee in that sense. Nevertheless, there have been some New England Republicans beside Coolidge of note who were/are undeniably conservative. Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire today, for one? Or how about John Sununu from NH?
If you are using definition (1), I can assure you that there have always been quite a number of Republicans from outside the South who could hardly be called "some flavor of progressive." Ronald Reagan would be the first to come to mind.
As to TR IV, I've never heard of him. All he might have going for him is his name, and there are hardly any voters still alive who knew his great grandfather other than as a historical figure.
Ted Roosevelt and his wife, Connie, raised huge amounts of money for Obama, and contributed a lot themselves. They obviously voted for Obama.
How would he ever be able to raise the money needed to run as a Republican? He couldn’t. He should take his disgraced noble name and go over and run as a Democrat. That is where he really belongs.
It's like the lovechild of Hugh Heffner and Mr. Blackwell.
His great-grandfather was one of the original “progressives.”