Ali Hasan, a Republican candidate for Colorado Treasurer, just announced on his website that he will not seek to petition his way on the August primary ballot. Hasan’s announcement follows a stunning loss at yesterday’s Colorado Republican State Assembly, where J.J. Ament won 79 percent of the vote and Hasan only 20 percent. By failing to win at least 30 percent, Hasan was out of the race unless he chose to pursue a petition signature path.
Hasan stated he is “against” the petition option:
From the start of the campaign, we committed to the Assembly process.
And while a substantial amount of delegates gave us their support, we were still short of qualifying – with that said, I am a man of my word – I respect the decision of our good activists and we end our campaign here
Hasan should be applauded not only for making the right decision for the GOP and for Colorado, but by deciding quickly. With the huge and enthusiastic turnout for the Assembly, that momentum should not be wasted in further intra-party skirmishes.
Hasan did not mention in his statement whether he would be endorsing either of his Treasurer race rivals, J.J. Ament or Walker Stapleton (who did not participate in the Assembly and is petitioning on the ballot). Hasan noted, however, “I look forward to helping our State Senate and House candidates win back Colorado in 2010 – and I’m really really looking forward to getting back to film directing.”
State Senate District 16 candidate, DA Mark Hurlbert, should follow his friend’s lead after his crushing loss in that race to Tim Leonard at Friday’s District Assembly. Leonard defeated Hurlbert by 71 percent to 29 percent, which could free up Leonard to devote his energy and resources to beating Democrat Jeanne Nicholson, a Gilpin County Commissioner.
Some of Hurlbert’s supporters argue that he is more “electable” in November. At best, this theory is based on a 2008 notion of electability, and 2010 is a very different year. The conservative base is wildly motivated, as the grassroots assembly sweep amply demonstrates. Hurlbert’s poor showing is in part a grassroots reaction against party leaders’ attempts to handpick candidates.
Still, a petition-based challenge would be fair enough had Hurlbert demonstrated some sort of significant support base of his own outside the conservative delegate majority with which to challenge Leonard. But Hurlbert did not. He ran a listless campaign that generated few volunteers and paltry fundraising. Significantly, he found little support within the district, obtaining only nine campaign contributions in over three months of campaigning (Leonard received 89).
While Leonard raised more funds in the most recent quarter than any other GOP state Senate candidate in Colorado, generating 280 contributions and over $65,000 raised to date, Hurlbert managed only $10,200 and a total of 39 contributors. Of that total, $2,000 came from Ali Hasan and four of his family members-making up almost 20 percent of Hurlbert’s total fundraising. Another $3,200 came from members of Hurlbert’s extended family. Deducting those donors, leaves Hurlbert with only $5,000 cash raised from 27 separate donors.
For the sake of the great shot Republicans have to regain control of the state Senate with a victory in this crucial district, Mark Hurlbert should promptly call it quits, and unite behind Tim Leonard.