I’ve just returned from the Colorado Republican State Central Committee Meeting outside of Denver. For some of the nitty-gritty details, read up on Clay’s live-blogging Blackberry account.
Most significant to report is that Bob Schaffer won the role of National Committeeman, culminating a sweeping grassroots campaign that started two weeks ago. The vote was closer than many anticipated (59 to 41 percent), proof that negative campaigning does work to some extent. I was disappointed to see the opponents’ use of half-truths and over-the-top rhetoric to try to tear down Bob.
I just hope now they heed their own impassioned cries for party loyalty and unity. With the leadership of Bob Schaffer and new state party chair Bob Martinez, it seems eminently likely that better times are ahead for Colorado Republican politics.
One of the highlights of the meeting was seeing Governor Bill Owens give Bob Schaffer both a hearty written and spoken endorsement. Those who remember the falling-out during last year’s Senate primary especially appreciated this fact. Finally, here are some closing thoughts from two of the Colorado Republican Party’s most influential figures:
“I know the real Bob Schaffer and I know we can count on him to always do what’s best for our Republican Party.” – Gov. Bill Owens, in his endorsement letter
“On the issues that unite us as Republicans, [Bob Schaffer has] always been there.” – Owens, during his nomination speech
“All Republican officials must support all Republican candidates at all times, and I’ll do that. I give you my word.” -Bob Schaffer, during his acceptance speech