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coloradodem2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 11:02 PM
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Dos and Don'ts for Bob Martinez
Last weekend, the Colorado Republican Party held officer elections with little of the hand-wringing, angst and circular firing squad mentality we saw with the Democrat party elections a few weeks back.

The vote was not without controversy. Most contentious was Bob Schaffer's candidacy for National Committeeman. Republicans angered over his role in Ramey Johnson's defeat used party loyalty as an issue against Schaffer. However, at the end of the day, for a party that got hammered in the last election the reorganization seemed to go pretty smooth.

In fact, Pete Blake's column this weekend gives us word that Martinez has already hired an Executive Director and Communications Director at party headquarters (see Red Hawk's latest post for more info). This transition offers an interesting juxtaposition with the Democrats as Blake's lead item concerns Ken Salazar's attempts to mediate (first reported here at Colorado Pols) and bring to an end the rancor that is the Waak-Gates election. Attempts that Pat Waak has rebuffed. Publicly rebuffed.

We'd point out to Waak that Ken Salazar is the only Democrat to hold statewide office, is arguably the most popular politician with voters (calm down lefties, we know you're mad at him) and someone it doesn't make a lot of sense for a party chair to publicly slap around or humiliate. Dear Pat: Don't forget your place on the totem pole (hint: it's not at the top). But, we digress.

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