Cherry Hills Village Council member Katy Brown, keynote speaker Dick Wadhams, State Rep. District 38 Susan Beckman and Arapahoe County Treasurer Sue Sandstrom
“All is not lost!” said political Republican political consultant and guru Dick Wadhams about the midterm elections in this extraordinary year. “Things come and go in politics.” He should know since he’s had major roles beginning at age 19 when he was one of Colorado’s youngest Republican county chairs. After graduating from University of Colorado, he volunteered on numerous campaigns and from 1981-1989 worked for Sen. Bill Armstrong. He managed the statewide campaigns for Sen. Hank Brown in 1990 and Sen. Wayne Allard in 1996 and 2002. He was campaign manager for Bill Owens in 1998 when Owens became the first Republican governor of Colorado in 24 years. In addition, he was campaign manager for now Sen. John Thune of South Dakota in 2004 when Thune defeated Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle which was the first time in 52 years a sitting Democrat was defeated for re-election. Washams was chief of staff for Sen. George Allen of Virginia from 2005-2006, elected Colorado State Republican chair in 2007 and re-elected on 2009.
“Trump was tenacious in his campaigning,” said Wadhams, “but the current president always does badly in midterms. The media was enamored with three Democrat stars who all went down in other states” About Rep. Mike Coffman he said, “No other Republican could have won and maintained as long as Mike. There was a heavy anti-Trump sentiment and when voters saw Mike, they saw Trump. The primary told the story this year. There were 60 percent Democrats and 40 percent Republicans. The good news was although Colorado Republicans didn’t fare well individually, in terms of issues, the state voted conservatively.
What about 2020? Wadhams’ advice on how to win was to run a smart campaign in the primary and not repel voters into the elections. There will be heavy weight on Sen. Cory Gardner.
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