Tom Tancredo: Colorado’s Next Governor?

Published on November 1st, 2010

Whatever the Tuesday outcome of Tom Tancredo’s Colorado gubernatorial campaign, the patriotic immigration reform movement’s debt of gratitude to him, already enormous, will be even greater. A few months ago, Tancredo decided to enter the race as an American Constitution Party candidate against the ultra-liberal and pro-illegal alien Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and Republican Dan Maes. Initially, analysts gave Tancredo little chance. But, in part because of his sensible, restrictionist immigration platform, Tancredo shot past Republican Maes and according to a recent Magellan poll is statistically tied with Hickenlooper. Tancredo’s standing is remarkable for two reasons. The first is that Tancredo’s exposed the open borders advocate Hickenlooper and his terrible pro-illegal immigration record. The second is that Tancredo’s surge negated the Denver Post’s continued immigration advocacy that the newspaper has carried out through personal attacks on the former U.S. Representative’s character. Hickenlooper, his many protestations to the contrary aside, presides over a sanctuary city. In 2005 an illegal alien who worked in a restaurant of which Hickenlooper was part owner, shot and killed Detective Donald Young. Although Hickenlooper had been advised that the social security number provided by Raul Garcia Gomez was “no match,” he did not move to deport him. Then in 2008, a known illegal alien living in Denver in part because of its sanctuary city policy, crashed his car into a Baskin Robbins ice cream store and killed three people. The Post’s vendetta against Tancredo began in 2002 when the then-Congressman called the Immigration and Naturalization Service to suggest that it look into the immigration status of Jesus Apodaca who the Post hyped as a DREAM Act poster boy. In response, dozens of Post news stories and editorials called Tancredo “a xenophobe” and “schizophrenic” as well as claiming he had “his foot in his mouth,” “threw a tantrum,” “railed against the Apodaca family,” “sicced” the I.N.S. on the “hapless teen,” made “a fiery speech” on the Congressional floor and, in general, “fulminated.” Now more than eight years later in its endorsement of Hickenlooper, the Post published a searing October 28 editorial titled Colorado Can’t Afford Tancredo. Taking several quotes out of context, the editorial concludes that he’s “…alternatively entertaining and offensive…” Despite the attacks against him, Tancredo presses on with his fight for immigration sanity which began in 1999 when he started the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus over which he presided January 2007. What started as a small group of about a dozen members now has about 100. A personal observation: among voters, immigration is a highly controversial issue. What people may say to pollsters does not necessarily reflect how they will vote in the privacy of the booth. With the anti-Democratic sentiment running higher than ever and with immigration enforcement a more compelling national issue than at any time in recent U.S. history, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Tancredo eke out a victory, assuming Colorado patriots rally around him.

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