Tags: Tancredo | Roils | GOP | Colorado

Tancredo Roils GOP in Colorado

Monday, 26 Jul 2010 07:45 AM

By Valerie Richardson

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
There's a showdown in the Colorado Republican gubernatorial primary coming Monday at high noon.

As if there were not enough turmoil in the scandal-plagued contest, former Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo has issued an ultimatum to the two candidates: Drop out of the race, or I'm coming after you.

It's actually a little more complicated than that. Mr. Tancredo has vowed to enter the governor's race as the candidate from the American Constitution Party at noon Monday unless the two Republican primary hopefuls, Scott McInnis and Dan Maes, agree to his conditions.

Those conditions are: They must commit to withdrawing from the race the day after the Aug. 10 primary if polls show the winner trailing likely Democratic nominee John W. Hickenlooper.

Republicans immediately denounced Mr. Tancredo, calling on him to rescind his threat and predicting his candidacy would spell disaster for the party's chances in November. But the way Mr. Tancredo sees it, he's doing the Colorado Republican Party a favor.

He says the Republicans have no chance of winning the race with Mr. McInnis, who's embroiled in a plagiarism scandal, or Mr. Maes, an unknown who was recently fined for campaign-spending violations.

"We're at the point where Scott is not a viable option," said Mr. Tancredo in an interview Sunday. "So I have a responsibility to the conservatives in this state to do what I can to make sure John Hickenlooper isn't elected."

If Mr. McInnis withdraws his candidacy after the primary, the state Republican Party can form a vacancy committee to select a replacement candidate, which, Mr. Tancredo acknowledges, "won't be me."

So far, however, Mr. McInnis has shown no inclination to drop out for the good of the party, vowing that he's "in it to win it" and blaming the plagiarism uproar on the media and his political enemies.

So Mr. Tancredo has decided to give him a push — or a shove. Mr. Tancredo is a polarizing figure nationally, but he remains one of the most popular Republicans in Colorado. A SurveyUSA poll taken after the plagiarism scandal broke two weeks ago showed him leading all potential Republican gubernatorial candidates.

A half-dozen county party leaders have called on Mr. Tancredo to back down from his threat. Dave Kerber, chairman of the Arapahoe County Republican Party, sent out an e-mail Saturday asking Republicans to tell Mr. Tancredo to "stand down from his destructive path."

"What Tom Tancredo is doing now and will continue to do if he enters the race as a third-party candidate is to focus the attention on himself and his issues," said Mr. Kerber.

State Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams called Mr. Tancredo's candidacy "nothing more than a big ego trip."

"He would be a liability for every Republican in this race," Mr. Wadhams said. "He can't restrain himself from making statements like 'bombing Mecca' and 'impeaching Obama.' The primary needs to play itself out, and then we'll see what happens after the primary."

Mr. Tancredo denied that he's entering the race to raise his own profile, saying that he's "done everything Republicans have asked me to do" to help the McInnis campaign. Just two weeks ago, he said, he appeared at a McInnis rally in an effort to rally campaign workers.

"It's not that I want Tom Tancredo to be governor. I'm not doing this because of my own ambitions or because of some ego trip, as some people have said," said Mr. Tancredo. "I will be one of the happiest campers in the world tomorrow if the candidates would say, 'If on Aug. 11, I'm not even with or ahead of John Hickenlooper, I will withdraw and let the Republicans pick a new nominee.'"

That doesn't seem likely. Both candidates have said they intend to stay in the race.

If noon arrives Monday without a capitulation by the McInnis or Maes campaigns, Mr. Tancredo said he'll issue a statement rather than hold a press conference announcing his third-party candidacy.

"At that point, I've got to change parties, I've got to register, I've got to meet with the American Constitution Party. There's all this stuff I've got to do," he said.

© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

No Dem Senate Candidate on Kansas Overseas Ballots

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 22:13 PM

There's no Democratic Senate candidate listed on some 500 Kansas ballots mailed to overseas voters this weekend – a setb . . .

RNC's Priebus Slams Wis. Governor Candidate for Jobs Plan Fiasco

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 19:22 PM

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus slammed Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke on . . .

DNC Raises $7M in August, Has $11M Banked

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 18:42 PM

The Democratic National Committee raised $7 million last month and has $11 million banked.The DNC on Friday filed its Au . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved