Forget the clock, we’ve gone to the calendar for the Joe Salazar Concession Countdown to mark the days, weeks, however long it takes for the Democrat to concede the attorney general primary election to fellow Democrat Phil Weiser.
Granted, Salazar is only down about 5,000 votes. The problem, and there are many, is that the tally hasn’t changed in more than 24 hours, and since the ballot count began Tuesday, not once has Salazar ever taken the lead.
What’s the hold up? Salazar says he wants to be absolutely, positively, undeniably and reliably certain that every vote has been counted. First, there were the votes in Montrose County to be sorted and counted by hand, but that task is complete, and Salazar is still losing.
Now Salazar has us waiting on the July 5 deadline to pass, when ballots from overseas voters and members of the military are processed.
If Salazar’s campaign strategy is to rely on the military vote, or ex pats, to push him over the line with an outpouring of love, we question whether he even has enough sense to be the state’s attorney general.
And just when we thought Salazar couldn’t get even more pathetic, he actually presumed to speak for his opponent and thanked Weiser “for also giving the time for every vote to be counted.”
“As a fellow candidate for attorney general, he shares my belief that every vote matters, and I look forward to discussing the results of this election with him when they are final.”
Does Salazar think the results are something that can be bartered afterwards?
There’s not a whole lot for the winner of a campaign to discuss with the loser, except the details of the endorsement announcement from said loser of said winner. And as we’ve mentioned, Democrats aren’t exactly big on party unity after Tuesday’s election.
Weiser has not commented on the concession conundrum, except for what Salazar has said on his behalf.
We hope Republican nominee George Brauchler is taking advantage of Salazar’s stalemate to get a head start on the campaign trail.