The Daily Kos has polling data from The National Journal showing that former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb is far behind most of the other candidates in the race for Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair. Why the lag? Despite financial backing from Rutt Bridges and the hiring of Paul Lhevine, John Hickenlooper's campaign manager, Webb has failed to garner the support of some of Colorado's top Democrats.
Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-Denver), who is well-liked by many congressional colleagues and is well connected to groups such as NARAL and The Human Rights Campaign, is withholding her support for Webb. DeGette may remember that Webb backed Joe Sandos instead of her in a 1996 Primary, and that both Webb and his political partner-in-crime Mike Dino likely encouraged Ramona Martinez to challenge her in a Primary in 2002 (though both backed DeGette after it was clear that she would handily defeat Martinez).
Senator Ken Salazar is also using a strategy in the DNC race that is fast becoming his trademark: crouch down low and hope for a base on balls. Webb is getting virtually no support from Salazar, who has mastered the technique of avoiding sticking his neck out for people.
Why the lack of support for Webb from Colorado politicians? Reasons vary, but two of the main causes are obvious: 1) Webb isn't a very strong political figure in Colorado anymore, so there is no fear of retribution for not helping him, and 2) Webb isn't the most trustworthy guy around.
Colorado Democratic Chair Chris Gates has been traveling and campaigning with Webb, but only because it helps him get his own name out there and it is the right thing to do. Gates needs to show support for Webb, since he is a Colorado guy, but this ship is sinking fast.