For those of you wondering whatever happened to former Bill Owens golden boy Troy Eid, who was seemingly passed over as the nominee for Colorado Attorney General, look for him to soon be named as the state's next U.S. Attorney.
Here's a clip from the Rocky Mountain News on Dec. 17:
The U.S. Attorney candidates are Troy Eid, former legal counsel and personnel director for Gov. Bill Owens; Jim Peters, outgoing Arapahoe County district attorney; and Stu VanMeveren, outgoing Larimer County district attorney.
"As far as I'm concerned, they're all superb," Allard said.
He said that, at this point, he doesn't have a preference, although he has a longtime relationship with VanMeveren.
Now here's the whole story: Sen. Wayne Allard submitted three names to the White House in mid-December as candidates for the job, but only after he promised his buddy VanMeveren that his name would be the only one submitted for the post.
A few weeks later, the list of three names surfaced, though one of those names was just added in for filler - Jim Peters has as much chance of being named U.S. Attorney as the Pols have of becoming the starting frontcourt for the Denver Nuggets. This is Eid's job to lose.
Why is this story so interesting? For two reasons: 1) Troy Eid apparently has some serious juice inside Republican circles if he can put enough pressure on Allard to make him turn on a longtime friend, and 2) This is a strong indication that Allard may be planning to run for re-election in 2008 (or Governor in 2006). Allard has previously claimed, albeit halfheartedly, that he will retire rather than run for re-election in 2008. But politicians who are planning on retiring don't cave in to political pressure that won't have any benefit to them later on. Politicians who are retiring appoint their friends and give the Troy Eid's of the world the finger.
Why would Troy Eid use his juice to get the U.S. Attorney job rather than the Attorney General position? Because the U.S. Attorney has more power and the job carries a better salary.
The other lesson? Don't be friends with Wayne Allard.