Colorado Republican politicians switching support to Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Tancredo

Faith Mangan at Fox News Blog reports that, with Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo polling within 4% of frontrunner Democrat John Hickenlooper and Republican Dan Maes now at 10% and dropping, numerous elected Republicans are now pulling their support from Maes and switching to Tancredo.

If Maes ends up with less than 10% of the vote, the Republican Party will lose major party status in Colorado. That means that until the law is changed, the Democratic and Constitution parties would be the the two official major parties in Colorado, and the Republicans would be among several “minor” or “third” parties.

Another article about the race, from the LA Times, was sent to contact.ipr@gmail.com by Gene Berkman. Nicholas Riccardi notes that “Tancredo’s volatile rhetoric on illegal immigration and calls to bomb Mecca have won him passionate followers” and that Hickenlooper’s support has stayed flat while Maes has tanked.

“Momentum is on our side,” Tancredo is quoted as saying. “That’s the most powerful thing in any campaign I’ve been involved in.”

Not everyone is convinced, however:

Denver Post columnist Mike Littwin weighed in on Tancredo’s chances this way:

“The reason I’ve been sure — and the reason I remain (mostly) sure — that Tom Tancredo will never be governor is that he is, after all, Tom Tancredo. He’s the guy who says Barack Obama is a dedicated Marxist and who suggested George W. Bush had blood on his hands because of his immigration policy and who believes voters should have to take literacy tests and who, during his aborted run for president, kept a running tab on his office door of how many people were being killed by illegal immigrants, even if the numbers were entirely unsupported.”

32 thoughts on “Colorado Republican politicians switching support to Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Tancredo

  1. George Phillies

    Hickenlooper is parked at about 46% of the vote. Maes’ votes are almost leaving him for Tancredo. If Maes ends down around 5%, on this path Hickenlooper loses.

    Hickenlooper has two alternatives: Try to build up Maes. Build up the Libertarian candidate as a legitimate alternative for disgusted Republican voters.

  2. George Phillies

    The notion that the Republicans will just change the rules to get major party status back has a challenge: Governor Tancredo if he wins is going to insist on good treatment for his own party. If he can’t get them, and perhaps even if he does, he is going to start recruiting Republicans into his party as elected officials.

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  4. Mark Seidenberg

    paulie,

    For your information the America’s Independent
    Party is backing Tancreato for Colorado Governor. The American Independent Party is
    not backing Chelene Nightingale for Governor
    of California. The AIP Convention and State
    Central Committee are not running any one for
    Governor or Lt. Governor in California in 2010.

    Sincerely, Mark Seidenberg,
    Vice Chairman, American Independent Party, affiliated with the America’s
    Independent Party since June 27, 2008.
    Chairman, American Independent Party Orange
    County Central Committee. Executive Committeeman of the America’s Independent Party.

  5. paulie Post author

    Or, for that matter, California?

    This article is about Colorado, is it not? I could have sworn it was when I posted it.

  6. Trent Hill

    “Hickenlooper has two alternatives: Try to build up Maes. Build up the Libertarian candidate as a legitimate alternative for disgusted Republican voters.”

    I would never, in a million years, hire Phillies as a political consultant.

  7. Austin

    But there’s a 90% chance Tancredo re-registers as a Republican once he’s been elected.

  8. Timothy Yung

    My goodness this election is going to be close. The polls are well within the margin of error. I hope that the new Republican support is not too little too late. If this support happened a couple weeks earlier this would be different. Early voting already got started. If only there was more time. Tom Tancredo keeps moving up the polls but not fast enough. This could be the year of the Constitution Party. If Tom Tancredo, Janine Hansen, and Mary Starret all win it will be a major boost. On the other hand Mark Seidenberg I am glad you support Tom Tancredo. I was under the impression your organization was started solely to destroy the Constitution Party.

  9. Timothy Yung

    Austin, that’s true but the fact remains that he is the best hope for Colorado. Republicans and even Democrats should support Tom Tancredo. The lack of border security hurts all of us including liberals. Liberals like Cesar Chavez understood this. I would oppose Tom Tancredo as president because he is a neo-con but he is right on boder security. Go Tom go!

  10. paulie Post author

    The lack of border security hurts all of us including liberals.

    Quite the opposite

    Liberals like Cesar Chavez understood this

    News to me. How so?

  11. paulie Post author

    My goodness this election is going to be close. The polls are well within the margin of error.

    Not quite yet. The 4% was the more favorable of the polls to Tancredo; others have the difference at up to 11%.

  12. paulie Post author

    But there’s a 90% chance Tancredo re-registers as a Republican once he’s been elected.

    Not necessarily.

    He may want to run for President as CP this time.

  13. Timothy Yung

    http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/fischer/070322
    Why would lack of border security be helpful if Mexican gangsters come across the border and gangrape women and murder children?
    Well the difference was 30% before my point is the gap is quickly closing. As for running for the CP as a president I am not sure he will do this because he is just as much of a neo-con as Alan Keyes in foreign affairs plus he also voted for the GM and bank bail-outs so unless he has changed he should not bother.

  14. paulie Post author

    Why would lack of border security be helpful

    The free flow of goods and labor being restricted by any artificial border control only serves to impoverish the people.

    Consider whether you would be better off if immigration between states was tightly controlled.

    Then extrapolate that to counties, cities, neighborhoods, blocks, buildings.

    At some point during this progression, hopefully it becomes clear why border controls hurt people on both sides.

    Now, extrapolate that back upward to the US-Mexico border.

    Mexican gangsters come across the border and gangrape women and murder children

    So end drug prohibition already.

  15. Timothy Yung

    For the record I am no longer a member of CP so if they want to select Tom Tancredo as a presidential candidate they are welcome to do so.

  16. Timothy Yung

    Okay I am for ending the drug wars but I am also for catching fugitives who go across the border to avoid getting caught. I am also for stopping members of Al-Qaeda who travel from Mexico to the U.S.

  17. paulie Post author

    I think they would want to, especially if he wins.

    I don’t see them turning down their, by far, most significant elected official, or even someone that came very close to becoming one for that matter.

    And as for his side of it, I think he may well want to push his issue into the post-primary election season on the national stage.

    So, I’m guessing it will probably happen.

  18. paulie Post author

    I am also for stopping members of Al-Qaeda who travel from Mexico to the U.S.

    Stop poking US gov’t into mideast affairs and that problem goes away as well.

  19. LibertarianGirl

    Mexican gangsters come across the border and gangrape women and murder children

    P-So end drug prohibition already.

    me – amen , the laws and the govenment create those murderers

  20. Cody Quirk

    “For your information the America’s Independent
    Party is backing Tancreato for Colorado Governor.”

    = Of course you are, since the GOP is gathering around Tancredo, that gives you the green light for you guys to do the same.
    Your GOP sympathies are way too obvious, Mark.

  21. George Phillies

    @21 Mexican gangsters come across the border and gangrape women and murder children

    He forgot the hordes of Martians in flying saucers and the jazz musicians offering white women cannabis, not to mention the ravening herds of unicorns.

  22. '..... just look at the activists ' [Lake]

    The Senate Race: Prominent Republicans coming out in support of Harry Reid

    [Lake: Image might interest paulie, four elephant cheer leaders (mini skirts and pom poms) with R – E – I – D on their sweaters.]

    Chris Morris / Karoun Demirjian (contact)

    Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010
    Click to enlarge photo [see above ………]

    Las Vegas Sun file

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s re-election campaign has received several endorsements, but perhaps the most unusual one has been from an upstart band of his regular rivals, who have come together to support him under a banner that screams “swing vote” / Republicans for Reid.

    ……… formed well in advance of the midterm elections last year, has been slowly adding to its ranks ever since ……. 400-plus Republicans making up the list are prominent business owners ……

    But this is far from a band of boosters. Insofar as organized efforts go, Reid’s Republicans are a club without a clubhouse, a fraternity with no sacred oaths or traditions, a decentralized machine where all one must do to become part of the apparatus is sign on the dotted line.

    Republicans for Reid is, in effect, a cross-section of the party’s disenchanted.

    “We’re getting over 90 percent of the Republican vote, so they might be one of the most ineffective coalitions in campaign history,” Angle spokesman Jarrod Agen said of the swing-vote campaign.

    That 90 percent is from internal Angle campaign polling, but recent public polls aren’t showing a much rosier picture for Reid”

    [Lake: all references to yet another Vegas news out let are deleted!]

  23. Don Grundmann

    ” [Lake: for the record, you are more than welcomed to contact the official California AIP including donlake@ymail.com. Especially after November 3rd!]”

    Response – Timothy – You can find the real story behind what Lake calls ” the official California AIP ” at TheCorruptionOfAlanKeyes.blogspot.com. Bottom line – Lakes faction of the AIP has their current position of recognition by the state via the deliberate filing of fake documents with the Secretary of State office. The REAL AIP, the non-corruption faction of which I am the Chairman, is suing to stop the corruption of the Robinson/Seidenberg criminal enterprise which filed the fake documents. Lake is the perfect representative of the Robinson corruption faction as he is in total support of that corruption. He perfectly illustrates the moral collapse of the corruption faction of the AIP. I invite you to join either the non-corruption faction of the AIP or its sister party of the Constitution Party here in California. I am Chairman of both.

    Don J. Grundmann, D.C. Chairman American Independent Party, California branch of the Constitution Party

  24. paulie Post author

    [Lake: Image might interest paulie, four elephant cheer leaders (mini skirts and pom poms) with R – E – I – D on their sweaters.]

    If you linked it, it might provide a few seconds amusement.

  25. paulie Post author

    both, in a non fusion state?

    Richard Winger said it’s a fusion state, but fusion is difficult. I saw it in BAN comments a while back.

  26. Cody Quirk

    The AIP Convention and State
    Central Committee are not running any one for
    Governor or Lt. Governor in California in 2010.

    = Well I know that your faction isn’t, yet there are AIP candidates officially on the ballot whether you like it or not, Mr. Republican.

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