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Wyoming Governor Chooses Republican John Barrasso to Replace Late Senator Craig Thomas

Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal picked John Barrasso, orthopedic surgeon and Wyoming state senator, today to fill the remainder of Senator Thomas' term:

"I look forward to working with John Barrasso as he assumes his duties as the interim senator for Wyoming," Freudenthal said in a statement. "I pledge my cooperation to do all that I can to make sure he is a successful senator."


Barrasso will now serve alongside former Senate campaign rival Enzi, to whom he finished a close second in a nine-candidate Republican primary in 1996. Enzi was elected that November to succeed Republican Sen. Alan K. Simpson, who retired after three terms.

Barrasso was first elected to the state Senate in 2002, where he serves as chairman of the Transportation, Highway and Military Affairs Committee.

"I believe in limited government, lower taxes, less spending, traditional family values, local control and a strong national defense," Barrasso said in his application documents to be considered for the Senate appointment.

He sounds like a good choice.


Comments (12)

I find myself deeply impres... (Below threshold)
baslimthecripple:

I find myself deeply impressed with this Governor maintaining the party of the seat despite it not being his own. Too rare in today's polarized politics.

PS Never mind. Appearentyl ... (Below threshold)
baslimthecripple:

PS Never mind. Appearentyl by state law, he has no choice.

It's the law in Wyoming, ba... (Below threshold)

It's the law in Wyoming, baslim, the governor didn't have a choice.

I wonder why the gov chose Barrasso over Sansonetti?

A former chief of staff to the late Sen. Craig Thomas is one of three nominees selected by the Wyoming Republican Party to succeed Thomas in the Senate.

Tom Sansonetti, who worked for Thomas when Thomas went to the U.S. House in 1989, won the most votes _ 58_ in the final round of voting Tuesday by the 71-member state GOP Central Committee.

State Sen. John Barrasso, a surgeon from Casper, was second with 56 votes. Former state Treasurer Cynthia Lummis of Cheyenne finished third with 44 votes.

I find myself deep... (Below threshold)
John in CA:
I find myself deeply impressed with this Governor maintaining the party of the seat despite it not being his own. Too rare in today's polarized politics.

I believe it's the law in Wyoming. The party of the empty seat submits three names to the Governor for his choice.

I think this is a very sensible law. Would like to see other states take this action. The people of the state of Wyoming spoke that they wanted a Senator with certain ideas and philosophy, and the replacement should be of similar cloth until the people are afforded an opportunity to speak.

A law like this in all states would simplify things. A senator or representative running for President might be more inclined to resign their seat if they were assured of their replacement being from their party.

Right now, John McCain is missing almost 50% of the votes in the Senate. He's only showing up for the big issues. Listening to callers on an Arizona talk radio station, many of them are not very happy with his absences.

Over the past 4-5 years, Dr... (Below threshold)
Burt:

Over the past 4-5 years, Dr. John Barrasso has been actively involved in a "name recognition" campaign. He has been making short little TV ads that are aired repeatedly every evening entitled: The Public Health Minute. There is never any mention of him being a Wyoming Senator or any other political drift in any of these blurbs. They are just informational about health care concerns. ie: sunscreen, bird flu, west nile virus, assorted minor complaints indicative of more major problems etc. I had been thinking that he might be angling for the Governor's Mansion. Perhaps, Guv Dave thought that might be the case also and thought that he could deflect him somewhat by getting him sent out of state.

A law like this i... (Below threshold)
Dirk:


A law like this in all states would simplify things. A senator or representative running for President might be more inclined to resign their seat if they were assured of their replacement being from their party.

I doubt it. Dems don't like giving up power even when their governor is a Democrat. Just look at John Kerry.

Whoops. I meant John Edward... (Below threshold)
Dirk:

Whoops. I meant John Edwards in 2004.

A Wyoming democrat is about... (Below threshold)
NateDog:

A Wyoming democrat is about the same as a Minnesota Republican. You have to the look at the context of the State and its constituency before you look at a situation like this through the lens of national politics.

What Wyoming is offers is s... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

What Wyoming is offers is simple...if there is a vacancy...regardless of the Party of the Gov...the replacement has to be chosen from the party the elected official was from...
The people of Wyoming not only chose a candidate...they chose a Party..and that is respected in their State Constitution..Every State should have the same..
(if that damn wind would stop every once and awhile)

(if that damn wind would... (Below threshold)
Cloudfish:

(if that damn wind would stop every once and awhile)

lol--you've been here before then nogo! I call it population control...

This is great, and also a g... (Below threshold)
Allen:

This is great, and also a great state law. What is a question is will he be like the other senator who made video diagonalizes? If so, wonder how many videos he will receive from patients who have pimples on their asses?

I'm from WY and very happy ... (Below threshold)

I'm from WY and very happy with Governor Dave's choice. This is a very Republican State, but we love our Democratic Governor. Go figure....




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