In 2006, Republican Bob Keenan mounted an insurgent primary campaign against Sen. Conrad Burns for the U.S. Senate with a single prediction. Keenan predicted Burns’ shady past would cost Republicans the Senate seat.
After announcing his campaign from a beach in Costa Rica, he travelled around the state in an RV talking about Burns’ “electability problem.” Keenan was talking about Burns’ ties to Jack Abramoff, the once-powerful Republican lobbyist, who was sentenced to four years in prison for his leading role in a wide-ranging corruption scandal that rocked Congress and the Bush administration.
“It’s going to be a difficult race for Republicans to win if anyone but Stapleton wins the primary.”
Is Keenan right? And more importantly, will Republicans listen to him this time?
Only time will tell. But with the well-documented stories of the other gubernatorial-wannabes sexual affairs with mermaids, abusive marriages and close friendships with Muammar Qaddafi, the GOP’s political fortune teller may be predicting a bloody primary battle.