Former Republican Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado announced today he won't run for Governor of his state in 2006.
Campbell is a former Democrat.
He said, in part, "You can't be held to a strict ideological code that you can't do anything about," and "What they want is absolute obedience," in reference to the right-wing Conservative wing of his Republican party.
During his tenure in Washington, Senator Campbell was known to ride his motorcycle, and was also quite a maverick.
It seems to me it's a really bad sign when one of the reasons the Colorado GOP's strongest candidate gives for not running for Governor basically is that the Conservatives are nutjobs who won't support moderates.
The Democrats are the big-tent party. That being said, you know, we still have a chair we're holding for him on our side.