Ex-Rep. Tom Tancredo is in.
Tancredo had threatened to enter the Colorado gubernatorial race if two scandal-tinged Republicans vying for the party’s nomination didn’t agree to drop out. And today, he made good on that threat, according to The Denver Post.
“I will officially announce at noon that I will seek the nomination of the Constitution Party,” Tancredo told the Post this morning.
Tancredo still has to file papers with Colorado’s Secretary of State and register as a member of the American Constitution Party, but he already reportedly got into a shouting match with state Republican Party chair Dick Wadhams on talk radio this morning. Tea Partiers are also upset with Tancredo’s move.
Tancredo made his threat in the wake of a plagiarism scandal that hit GOP frontrunner Scott McInnis, and campaign finance violation fines paid by Tea Party candidate Dan Maes. Tancredo said that neither was in a position to beat presumptive Democratic nominee John Hickenlooper in the general. But a Tancredo candidacy would probably hurt any Republican candidate more than the Democrat. As a result, Wadhams and other state GOPers have come out strongly against Tancredo. “Tom Tancredo has nobody’s interest in mind other than his own,” Wadhams said this morning.
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