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Beth Sullivan

Washington, DC


Tancredo Throws His Hat into CO Gov Race

August 1, 2010 - 3:35 PM | by: Beth Sullivan

Former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo says has no choice but to run for governor as a third-party candidate. During an interview on “America’s News Headquarters,” Tancredo said, “this is the only option I have in order to give people in this state an opportunity to vote for somebody who is not going  to make this a sanctuary state.”

Tancredo had called on Republican candidates Scott McInnis and Dan Maes to pull out of the election if polls showed Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) ahead of them. McInnis and Maes refused, prompting Tancredo, wearing a U.S. Border Patrol baseball cap, to formally announce Thursday that he was entering the race as an American Constitution Party candidate.

With the GOP primary election just nine days away, Republicans in the Centennial State are speaking out. State party Chairman Dick Wadhams said in a statement that if Tancredo went ahead with his campaign, he would “be responsible for the election of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper as governor.”

Tancredo was critical of both GOP candidates, saying, “there is actually no way either one of them could win. As more and more comes out about them, there is no way they should win.”

Both McInnis and Maes have been embroiled in scandals over their campaigns. McInnis is accused of plagiarism and Maes recently agreed to pay $17,500 in campaign finance violations for improperly recording contributions.

Although Tancredo referred to McInnis and Maes as “flawed candidates,” he isn’t a supporter of Hickenlooper either. Tancredo called him a “sanctuary city mayor” and said, “He will do to the state of Colorado exactly what he has done to the city of Denver.”

Tancredo said illegal immigration is a growing problem in Colorado, adding that in his campaign, “that is not the only issue but a darn big one for me.”

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