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Former Rep. Tom Tancredo, an anti-immigration firebrand, has demanded that both Republican candidates for Colorado governor drop out of the race because of ethics issues and says he'll run as a third party candidate if they refuse.

GOP frontrunner Scott McInnis has been accused of plagiarism, while his rival, Tea Party pal Don Maes, paid a $17,500 fine over campaign finance issues. Tancredo, a Republican, issued his ultimatum on Thursday, threatening to run, possibly under the flag of the American Constitution Party, if the two GOP primary rivals didn't get out of the contest, the Denver Post reported.
Former Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado
Known for his incendiary denunciations of illegal immigration, Tancredo served in Congress for five terms and left after the 2008 session. But he isn't timid. He briefly ran for president in 2008 -- hammering away at immigration -- and potentially could raise competitive money for a governor's campaign.

It's too late for him or anyone else to get on the ballot for the Aug. 10 primary, and the American Constitution Party already has a gubernatorial candidate, Benjamin Goss. But that didn't stop Tancredo. McInnis and Maes "need to step down so Republicans can put someone in who has a chance of winning. If they don't, I am going to run as hard as I can and I won't get out," he told the Post.

Colorado Republican Chairman Dick Wadhams was horrified. He said if Tancredo runs as a third-party candidate, he would be "responsible for the election of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper [a Democrat] as governor" and also jeopardize other contests. "The American Constitution Party's platform calls for the elimination of congressional salaries and pensions," Wadhams added. "I assume when Tom Tancredo becomes that minor party's nominee, he will forgo his own congressional pension and will reimburse American taxpayers for the 10 years of congressional salary he drew."

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Mr. Tancredo is a true politician - which is exactly why I will have no regard for his self-focused, self-posturing, theatrics now playing near us, unfortunately. Part of the political machine for too long, sir, dogging other politicians, and lifting yourself up high and mighty. There are those of us out here that have some discernment, intelligence, common sense, and certainly don't need another "you" to tell us what to do! Colorado has enough problems without your personal agenda!

July 26 2010 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I just saw Mr. Tancredo on the tube and he is saying that Obama has committed impeachable offenses because he said that never before has any President taken over an industry and told them what kind of cars to build . People can argue that the takeover was not an impeachable act but you cannot argue that it wasn't a government takeover of a private business.

July 23 2010 at 4:12 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

What's wrong with Tom?

Have you ever met him? Talked to him? Listened to what he stands for?

He's one of the most charitable people in politics I've ever seen, and his views are not radical in any way.

Having had to endure Ritter for several years now, and thankfully due to his scandals he has dropped out, I'm excited for the opportunity to return Colorado from this dark period of moronic democratic control.

However the Republican party shot themselves in the foot by supporting candidates that are wishy-washy, and since the media is left-leaning, instead of pouncing on the 'Loopers ridiculous claims, lies, addamant support for criminals, etc, it's all about the mistakes of the Republicans, and the 'Looper is getting a free pass.

Tom was reluctant to run, which isn't mentioned in this article, and has not been a "FIREBRAND!" in regards to it as this article would suggest.

He simply, like so many others in our state, does not want more years of sad-excuse-for-governing coming from the Democratic party.

Go Tom, go whatever, but don't go the 'Looper!

July 23 2010 at 11:13 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Mr. Tancredo puts the extreme in "extremist". I encourage him to run, knowing that Colorado would NEVER elect him to any position again.

July 23 2010 at 11:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I consider myself a Right leaning Moderate. I would not vote for Tancredo if he was the last man standing. His lunatic rant at a Tea Party event left me, and many others, cold. He has no place on the podium.

July 23 2010 at 10:32 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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