Alex's Outlook

Wednesday, March 03, 2004


Republican Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell has announced his retirement.

Campbell was first elected on Bill Clinton's coattails in 1992 as the first American Indian to serve in Congress. He switched to the Republican party after the Democrats' disastrous defeat in the 1994 midterm elections. Since then, he has been a loyal Republican senator. Not very distinguished, perhaps, but he has been critical for President Bush these past legislative sessions.

The Republicans now have three open Senate seats (Illinois, Colorado and Oklahoma). I think the Colorado one will be pretty easily held, given the number of high-profile Republicans positioned to run for the seat. Still, these Republican Senate retirements can't be good. It just means more money going away from Bush's reelection and more marginal Senate races, like Louisiana and South Dakota.


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