For once, we actually agree with Republican Party boss Dick Wadhams.
Former Congressman (and arguably Colorado’s most well-known nut job nationally) Tom Tancredo’s announcement today that he will run for Colorado governor virtually assures Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper a victory.
Tancredo, who is abandoning the Republican Party to run under the banner of some fringe group called the American Constitution Party, will likely peel off a good percentage of Colorado’s right-wingers and Teabaggers when it comes time to cast ballots.
That is even more bad news for Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis, who is still reeling from his recent plagiarism scandal.
Even Wadhams acknowledged in a statement last week that Tancredo running for governor would be tantamount to electing Hickenlooper. You can almost hear the desperation in his voice:
“Let there be no mistake about it: Regardless of who our nominee is for governor after the primary, if Tom Tancredo carries through on his threat to run as a third-party candidate, he will be responsible for the election of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper as governor, and for other races that will be imperiled as well.”
More bitterness from a Wadhams statement released today, amidst the sounds of the Republican Party splintering apart:
“When one considers Tom Tancredo broke his term limits pledge as a 10-year member of Congress, it is not a surprise today he began his fifth decade of running for public office.
“Tancredo pledged to serve only three terms when he was elected to Congress in 1998, but he broke that pledge and served a total of five terms. He was paid more than $1.5 million by the taxpayers during that ten-year period.
“Tancredo has been running for public office or seeking political appointments over the past five decades. He was elected to the state legislature in the 1970s, worked as a political appointee in the U.S. Department of Education in the 1980s, ran for Congress in 1998, unsuccessfully ran for president in 2008, and is now beginning his fifth decade by announcing for governor in 2010.
“Tom Tancredo is now running on the American Constitution Party’s platform to end congressional pensions and salaries and, once again, I assume he will forego his own congressional pension and he will reimburse the taxpayers for more than $1.5 million that he was paid as a congressman for 10 years.”
It’s never pretty when they turn on their own.
And somewhere in Denver, John Hickenlooper is smiling.