Will Freudenthal Pull a Bloomberg?

The Washington Post has the scoop on talk that Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal will seek to overturn his state's term limits law: It now ...
by | February 17, 2009

The Washington Post has the scoop on talk that Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal will seek to overturn his state's term limits law:

It now appears that Freudenthal may well seek a third term in 2010 -- thanks to a series of legal and political maneuvers that began more than two decades ago.

Asked about the possibility that Freudenthal would seek a third term, his spokeswoman Cara Eastwood said only: "When the governor has something to announce, he will announce it."

Freudenthal is the only Democratic elected statewide in Wyoming. So, if he does find a way to run again, his party would go from having no obvious contender to having a popular incumbent governor on the ballot.

As a Democrat in a Republican state, Freudenthal has achieved remarkable -- and largely unrecognized -- political success. He won every county in Wyoming in his 2006 reelection bid. Two years later, Barack Obama wouldn't even manage 25% of the vote in ten of Wyoming's counties.

Of course, Freudenthal's popularity could take a hit from challenging the term limits law. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made the same move recently and doesn't appear to have been hurt by it too badly, but folks in Wyoming might be more sensitive to that sort of thing than folks in New York.

Josh Goodman
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