Wolf claims state GOP offering him no help

Republican congressional candidate Wayne Wolf said Tuesday the Colorado Republican Party has failed to deliver on its promise to support him in his bid to unseat Congressman John Salazar, D-Colo.

Wolf said when he entered the 3rd Congressional District race the state party, along with the National Republican Congressional Committee, said they would support his candidacy. He said no one, including Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams, has worked with him since then.

“The state party and, in particular Mr. Wadhams, has never been enthused about my candidacy, and there is no support from the state,” Wolf said.

As a result, Wolf said, he has been left on his own to run a shoestring campaign against Salazar.

The Colorado Republican Party and its national political arms have focused on protecting incumbent Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo., and helping Republican Bob Schaffer keep outgoing U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard’s seat for the party.

Wadhams, who also serves as Schaffer’s campaign manager, said Wolf misunderstood if he thought the National Republican Congressional Committee would immediately get behind his candidacy.

“I was very clear with him in that the National Republican Congressional Committee’s … first and foremost priority is to defend incumbents, particularly given the national atmosphere,” Wadhams said.

“That’s gotten only more critical as we’ve got deeper in the cycle.”

He said the Colorado Republican Party supports all seven of its congressional candidates in Colorado.

Wolf said even though he may lack national support he is hopeful he can give Salazar a run for his seat this year.

“Even without that support, this could be a good year in the 3rd Congressional District for a Republican candidate,” Wolf said.


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