Paul Lhevine, John Hickenlooper's campaign manager when he ran for Denver Mayor, has been hired to run former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb's campaign for Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair.
Who's funding that campaign? Rutt Bridges is paying for virtually the whole thing, including much of Webb's travel costs.
Why would Rutt foot that bill? Well, his best case scenario is obviously that Webb wins the post and Rutt gets the big poker chip with him for his help, but that's not likely to happen. More likely is that Rutt is essentially buying Webb's support and the Webb army (dwindling as it might be) for his own political ambitions, be it Governor in 2006 or Senate in 2008. Webb has been out of the public scene in Colorado for awhile, but he still has his minions running around who theoretically can be of some value to a politician in this state.
The problem with that scenario from Rutt's misguided perspective is that Webb's finger no longer points in a direction that voters follow. Landi Taylor was Webb's chosen candidate for Denver City Auditor in 2003, yet came in a distant fourth (and didn't even win Webb's precinct). Beth McCann was Webb's candidate for Denver District Attorney, yet Mitch Morrissey won in every city council district in the city. In 2002, legislative candidates Adrian Benavidez and Walter Keller were tapped on the shoulder by the Webb machine, and both were subsequently beaten.
So why does Rutt do it? Because of what he thinks he will get out of it, not because of what he really will get out of it.
*Note: Rutt Bridges himself posted a comment on this post - be sure to check it out below.