The Death Of Sen. Thomas

The death of Sen. Craig Thomas of Wyoming tonight will provoke, after a period of mourning, a most interesting battle for succession.

By statute, the governor, Democrat Dave Freudenthal, "shall" appoint a successor from among three Wyomingians sent to him by the Republican Party. Potential nominees include Rep. Barbara Cubin, state treasurer Cynthia Lummis, Colin Simpson, the son of ex-Sen. Al Simpson and WY state sen. John Barrasso. In 2008, the seat is up, and Democrats want Freudenthal, who has an 80 percent approval rating, to run for it. He might.