Grady bids for treasurer
By Kevin Huelsmann and the Associated Press, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
October 22, 2012
Teton County resident Bob Grady is one of 10 candidates being considered to step in for the late Wyoming Treasurer Joseph Meyer.
Grady had a big “Bob Grady for State Treasurer” sign in the back of his car as he drove to Riverton on Sunday afternoon.
“It might not be as fancy as everyone else’s, but I thought it was pretty neat,” he said of the cardboard sign his 8-year-old son, Matthew, made Sunday morning.
Members of the Wyoming Republican Party’s Central Committee are slated to interview candidates today in Riverton. Each candidate will deliver a speech to the committee and then take questions.
The committee will narrow the field to three candidates and pass that list on to Gov. Matt Mead.
The governor is expected to conduct his own interviews Wednesday and make a decision by the end of the week.
The party is seeking a replacement for Meyer, who died of cancer Oct. 6. State officials held a memorial service in the Capitol and a funeral for Meyer on Thursday and Friday in Cheyenne.
Grady, who has an extensive background in Republican politics and investing, said the job seems like a perfect fit for him.
“It seemed uniquely suited to me,” he said.
Grady is a managing partner in Cheyenne Capital, the firm that manages some of the state’s mineral funds. He also serves as the chairman of the State Investment Council in New Jersey, the state where he grew up. Most recently, he served as a partner at the Carlyle Group and was a member of the company’s management committee.
Grady’s political background is just as extensive. He has worked on numerous congressional campaigns and held high-ranking positions in President George H.W. Bush’s administration.
In August, Grady attended the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., as a Wyoming delegate.
The other candidates who will be interviewed today for the state treasurer’s post are Kari Jo Gray, Mead’s chief of staff; Mark Gordon, who recently left his post as the Class B director of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank to enter the race; Ed Prosser, a rancher, Marine Corps veteran and former state representative; Clark Stith, a Fulbright scholar who worked in the treasury bond market for a law firm; Bruce Brown, who owns an accounting firm and has made several unsuccessful runs at state auditor; Lars Lone, a Naval officer who works with the Wyoming Policy Institute; Daniel Furphy, president of First Capital West Bankshares and a member of the state Loan and Investment Board; Janet Anderson, a former Conoco employee; and John Allan Holtz, a veteran of the Air Force’s Space System Operation who has held several positions within the state’s judicial system.
“I think I have more investment experience than any of the other candidates,” Grady said Sunday, “and I’ve been in politics my whole life.”
Grady has served as an advisor to Mead and traveled with him to China.
Interviews are expected to begin at 8 a.m. today.