There's some brutal Republican-on-Republican fighting on the state political scene today, as leaders of Colorado's GOP turn on Tom Tancredo.
Tancredo, a former five-term congressman, recently gave the state's two ethically challenged conservative Republican gubernatorial candidates an ultimatum: Get out of the race or he'll get in.
Candidates Scott McInnis and Dan Maes have, respectively, been caught up in plagiarism and campaign finance scandals.
Tancredo announced Monday he plans to run as an American Constitution Party candidate.
Tancredo's announcement has angered the Republican Party of Colorado, which says that if Tancredo is on the ballot, he will split the conservative vote and hand the election to Democratic candidate and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.
Today, Colorado Republican Chairman Dick Wadhams sent out the following press release mocking Tancredo:
“When one considers Tom Tancredo broke his term limits pledge as a ten-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 1970’s, worked as a political appointee in the U.S. Department of Education in the 1980’s, 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 ten years.”