Tancredo, "I Am Where I Am Supposed To Be"
Tom Tancredo, the conservative anti-immigrant candidate for Colorado governor, spoke to a hefty crowd on Saturday afternoon, October 16th, at the western bar called the Stampede in Aurora, Colorado.
Tom Tancredo at the Stampede
“Whatever happens (on election day), I am where I am supposed to be.”
Not everyone agrees Tancredo should have entered the race, hence is “where he is supposed to be.”
In his past political life, Tancredo represented the State of Colorado in the U.S. House of Representatives with conservative Republican values. After that, he spent considerable time in Arizona, lobbying the Republican senate to pass the toughest anti-immigrant legislation in the history of the U.S. His efforts led to the passage of SB 1070, a law which was ruled in part unconstitutional, and which Latinos and human rights activists vigorously oppose.
When it came time to enter the gubernatorial race in Colorado, Tancredo decided to pass. At the moment, he was busy in Arizona and not where he felt he should have been. Instead, conservative Republican candidate Dan Maes won the nod in the Colorado Republican primary.
However, Maes quickly found himself in trouble. He was accused of being less than honest in some of his claims. Supporters began to jump off of the bandwagon and Tancredo had a hard decision to make. Should he enter the race? If so, how would he do it? The primaries were over.
Tancredo convinced a judge he should be able to switch party affiliation at the last moment. He joined the American Constitution Party and won a fast primary race to be named their candidate for governor.
That makes it a three-way race. The Democrats have Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. The Republicans have Dan Maes. And the American Constitution Party has Ted Tancredo. The Tea Party did not proffer a candidate for governor.Continued on the next page