Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tough Year to Challenge Republican Incumbent

Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett has a difficult challenge in attempting to unseat Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. Garnett was primarily motivated by Suthers joining 20 state’s attorney generals in arguing Obama Care is unconstitutional.

Garnett has tried to find some issues that don’t tend to highlight his liberal Boulder image. Initially, he, along with the Democratic position on health care (a position which, in fact, is opposed by a majority of Colorado voters), highlighted the death penalty, marijuana and gay rights, all polarizing issues, which he holds liberal-oriented positions.

More recently, he focused on conflicts related to Suthers’ fundraising (taking money from controversial financial institutions) and Suthers part in the release of a criminal informant who went on to commit several murders.

Unfortunately for Garnett, he is late in raising the issues and doesn’t have much money to highlight his attacks on television, especially in the onslaught of massive expenditures in the U.S. Senate race.

Also, most of the state’s newspaper editorial pages have the view Suthers has done a good job and deserves re-election.

“I think John Suthers benefits in this particular situation by being a Republican incumbent in a good year for Republicans,” quoted in the Boulder Camera.  The latest national analysis of the race moved Suthers’ race from lean Republican to likely Republican win (, Oct. 12, 2010).

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