In a piece published at Breitbart, Former Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) announces that he is formally renouncing his membership in the Republican Party, in favor of being a no-party independent.
In a panel discussion at the University of Colorado after the recent Republican debate, I was asked by a student why she should be a Republican. The question forced me to ask myself the same thing.
I gave the young woman the standard talking points–that Republicans believe in smaller government, individual rights, fiscal responsibility, and free enterprise. But as I drove home, her question–and my inability to respond with any level of real conviction–got me thinking: Does the Republican Party leadership fight for these values and principles today?
After much thought, I reluctantly concluded that the answer is “no.” The proudly socialist Democrats are full of passionate intensity, while the Republican leadership is full of pathetic excuses. After this week’s House GOP “budget deal,” which betrays nearly every promise made to grassroots conservatives since 2010, I have decided it is time to end my affiliation with the Republican Party.
Not mentioned in the piece, is that Tancredo has already quit the GOP once before. In 2010, Tancredo ran as the American Constitution Party candidate for Governor of Colorado, placing second ahead of the GOP nominee with 36.4% of the vote. ACP is the Colorado affiliate of the national Constitution Party.
In January 2011, Tancredo switched his affiliation back to Republican, and in 2014 he unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Governor.