Gary Lindstrom

It looks like everyone in the state knows that Gary Lindstrom doesn’t have a chance at winning the Democratic nomination for Colorado Governor. Well, everyone but Gary Lindstrom, that is. Lindstrom is staying in the race ‘til he’s knocked out, and as ColoradoPols.com points out, that’s not necessarily a good thing.

That’s the word from state Rep. Gary Lindstrom, of Breckenridge, who said he’s in the race to stay and believes he can get the requisite 30 percent of the votes at the party’s May 20 state convention to make it onto the primary ballot. “I’m in it for the long haul, unless something changes,” Lindstrom said. “I can’t imagine what that might be.

“I made a commitment three months ago when I filed my papers with the secretary of state to stay in it at least through the primary.”

Lindstrom has no chance of being the Democratic nominee for governor, but his inclusion in the race does matter…for control of the State House. If Lindstrom continues to chase his tail running for governor and does not run for re-election to his seat in Summit County, his seat becomes a risk to turn Republican.

I admire Mr. Lindstrom wanting to stand on principle. I really do. But I also think there’s a point where one has to recognize one is fighting a losing battle. Lindstrom has no shot at toppling Ritter, but he has a good shot at keeping his state House seat. That’s where he should be concentrating his efforts.