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Dick Wadhams Considering Whether To Run For Re-Election

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Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams is considering whether or not he will run for re-election, the AP reports.

Wadhams, who became GOP chair in March, 2007, has faced criticism following a 2010 election cycle in which Republicans lost the two marquee statewide races (U.S. Senate and Governor) despite an overwhelmingly favorable year for the party nationally.

In October, the Colorado Independent quoted a number of anonymous GOP staffers who called Wadhams "an impediment to success," and "astonishingly Ineffective."

Wadhams, however, has his defenders. Last week, conservative Denver Post Columnist Mike Rosen urged readers not to blame the Chairman for the party's failure to capitalize on the strong Republican year.

Wadhams was considered a rising star in the Republican party after guiding Republican John Thune to an upset victory over Tom Daschle in the 2004 South Dakota Senate race. A 2005 Slate article even pegged him as Karl Rove's heir apparent.

Wadhams says he will make his decision in the next few weeks.