Prominent Republicans Endorse Tom Tancredo

Tom Tancredo is a former Republican Congressman from Colorado, as well as a former Republican Presidential candidate. His stance as an immigration hawk has garnered press, votes, and money in each of his runs for office. Now Tancredo is running for Governor of Colorado as the nominee of the Constitution Party. The Tancredo campaign today released a list of endorsements from prominent Republican office holders and former office holders.

More than 20 elected and formerly elected Republicans have abandoned their party’s gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes to throw their support behind third-party candidate Tom Tancredo.

Citing concerns over Maes credibility, as well as his ability to wage a winning campaign, defectors said Tancredo was the only candidate armed with the necessary conservative credentials and fund-raising prowess to beat Democrat John Hickenlooper.

“The narrative has been written about Dan Maes and the weakness of his campaign. He can’t overcome it and beat Hickenlooper,” said Republican state Sen. Ted Harvey of Highlands Ranch. “We’ve worked very hard in the conservative trenches to have an opportunity like this … and Tom Tancredo is the only strong conservative in the race who can raise money and put on a credible campaign.”

The list of endorsements is as follows:

U.S. Rep. Steve King of Iowa

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez of Colorado

State Sen. Ted Harvey

State Sen. Greg Brophy

State Sen./Former Minority Leader Josh Penry

Former State Sen. Hugh Fowler

Former state Sen. Cliff Dodge

Former State Sen. Steve Durham

Former State Sen. Maynard Yost

State Rep. Spencer Swalm

State Rep. Marsha Looper

State Rep. Steve King

Former state Rep. Matt Knoedler

Former state Rep. John McElderry

Former state Rep. Frank DeFilippo

Former state Representative Rob Witwer

Former state Rep. Pam Rhodes

Arapahoe County Clerk Nancy Doty

Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland

Erie Mayor Joe Wilson

Glendale Mayor Pro Tem Mike Dunafon

17 thoughts on “Prominent Republicans Endorse Tom Tancredo

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  2. Trent Hill Post author

    Cody, if Maes’ support continues to dissapear, Tancredo could end up scoring 1st. Hickenlooper is only winning because there are two legitimate conservative contenders. If Tancredo can put Maes down for the count by continuing to make him look illegitimate, then he might swing the entire Republican base and win it.

    At any rate, I think Tancredo is now the frontrunner for the CP Presidential nomination in 2012.

  3. Timothy Yung

    I like Tom Tancredo and hope he becomes governor but he would not make a good president. As governor he will not control of the military but as president he might try to do something insane like bomb Mecca. On foreign policy this guy is as bad as Alan Keyes.

  4. Erik G.

    Trent @ 4:

    I’m not so sure this quote is true:
    “Hickenlooper is only winning because there are two legitimate conservative contenders.”

    Of all the recent polling (i.e. August and September) I’ve seen, only conservative-biased Rasmussen has a combined Tancredo/Maes total that tops Hickenlooper.

    Also, though nationally conservatives are expected to turn out in high numbers, in Colorado it would appear the progressive/Democratic vote is going to turn out pretty big as well to try and defeat Ken Buck.

    To me, it appears that Buck being on the ballot will likely cost Maes and Tancredo any chance of winning.

  5. Trent Hill Post author

    Erik G.,

    I see your point, but I think it’s a fairly well known phenomenon that when two challengers split a “side” of the vote (liberal or conservative), that the combined numbers also plummet because that side’s voters become less likely to vote.

    Ken Buck isn’t going to be beat–Democrats will be wasting their money. All Tancredo needs to do is continue raising money at a pace better than Maes, keep campaigning his pants off, and let Maes stick his foot in his mouth. In ads, he ought to identify himself with the tea party pretty heavily.

  6. George Phillies

    Bennett and Buck are tied in polling especially allowing for known House effects. Bennett has some difficulties with progressive Democrats being disaffected with White House intervention in the primary; a good libertarian candidate (there is one) may to some extent be able to exploit this feature.

  7. Cody Quirk

    I hope your right Trent. If Tancredo does have a chance, I hope your right.

    And unlike Keyes, Tancredo probably wouldn’t butt heads with the CP on foreign policy.

  8. Hugh

    George,

    The only polls that showed Bennet ahead of Buck are the CNN poll (which is of all registered voters) and the PPP poll (which is of registered voters and was taken the day before a nasty primary). Rasmussen, SurveyUSA, and Mason-Dixon all surveyed likely voters, and all have shown Buck ahead of Bennet.

  9. Trent Hill

    Oh yes Tancredo would butt heads with the CP on foreign policy, unless his opinion has changed pretty dramatically recently. But, I have a feeling that he would emphasize areas of agreement, rather than taking the Keyes-lecture-all-c0mers-method.

  10. Gene Berkman

    Tancredo is no Ron Paul but he was better than most Republicans on foreign policy in the last few years.

    In Congress, Tancredo voted against the Iraq surge and has been hesitant to support the surge in Afghanistan. Perhaps his foreign policy views will evolve along with his views on legalizing marijuana.

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