Wyoming’s Upcoming Primary Election: A Snapshot

8/12/2016 – Wyoming’s Primary election occurs this coming Tuesday. Things are getting interesting.

Nationally, we’ve got a race for Wyoming’s one House seat; several good candidates – Liz Cheney running for the second time, after being rejected by the voters for being a “carpetbagger”; several talented newcomers, including Darin Smith, who has run an excellent campaign and is closing fast.

Closer to home, we’ve got a tight race for the State Legislature; House District 11, between incumbent Democrat Mary Throne and President of the Laramie County Republican Central Committee, Jared Olsen.

What I find so interesting about this race is their Pre-Primary Report – 2016, filed just a few days ago with the Wyoming Election Division. First, Mary Throne’s report states that she has raised a total of $14,310.78 from donations and loans. But, hey, she loaned herself $5,000, carried $2,365.78 over from last year and almost all the rest, except for $500, came from state and federal PACS.

You read THAT right; state and federal PACS. Will someone kindly tell me what the Motorola Solutions, Inc. PAC of Washington, D.C. the Oneok Employees PAC, The Chesapeake Energy Corp. Federal PAC, the Tesoro PAC of Salt Lake City, UT, the United Transportation Union PAC of North Omstead, OH and the BP North American Employee PAC from Houston, TX are doing contributing to the Primary campaign of the Democrat Party House leader in Wyoming? Could it be that legislation may come before the Wyoming lawmakers affecting these entities, and they expect some consideration from the minority Party leader?

According to her Report, Throne received donations from five Wyoming individuals, who contributed a total of $500. But the rest are Wyoming PACS; the WY Realtors PAC, the Wyoming Hospital Association PAC, and the Wyoming Rural Electric Assn. PAC, to name four of six. Of course, it could not be that they expect some sort of quid pro quo from Ms. Throne, in exchange for their money.

The contrast is stark. Jared Olsen’s Pre-Primary Report – 2016 shows that he has raised $5,345.00 from twenty-seven donors, of which twenty-five are Wyoming individuals. One came from family. The other, from a candidate who ran against Throne in the previous election. No donations came from any out-of-state individuals, corporations or PACS.

Looks like, if he wins the House seat, Olsen will represent the interests of the constituents in his District and in the State of Wyoming.


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