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A True Maverick for Colorado: Who's Afraid of Tom Tancredo?
Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2014 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 06/13/2014 3:39:45 PM PDT by Kaslin

Panicked liberals and crony Republican elitists agree: Tom Tancredo would be bad for their Big Government and Big Business rackets. That's exactly why I support him in Colorado's June 24 GOP primary election for governor.

A fear-mongering ad campaign by the left-wing group "ProgressNow," which is funded by billionaire George Soros, hyperventilated last week that "Tancredo believes Obamacare is a scam." Gasp!

"Scam" is putting it politely, of course. Billions of dollars have been wasted on defunct and dysfunctional Obamacare health exchanges. Criminals, illegal aliens and con artists have been hired as "navigators" to sign up Obamacare enrollees (a.k.a. future Democratic voters). And millions of Americans of all backgrounds, including my family, have had their plans canceled thanks to the costs and regulatory burdens of the law. Workers have seen their wages and hours cut; employers, especially small and family-owned businesses, have been forced to drop coverage.

It's absurd to call Tancredo's dead-on diagnosis of Obamacare "radical." But the pile-on against Tancredo isn't just coming from out-of-touch Democrats.

Here in Colorado, many corporatist Republicans who support the suicidal push for illegal alien amnesty claim Tancredo "can't win" because his "divisive," unrelenting stance on securing America's borders (gasp again!) will scare away Hispanic voters. This attack on Tancredo is nonsense on stilts.

The latest Pew poll revealed this month that immigration policy doesn't even rank among the top three concerns of Hispanic voters. Their top issues: education, jobs/economy and health care. A related Pew survey just reported that majorities of Hispanic and Asian-American voters both agree that another mass amnesty would reward illegal behavior and lead to more illegal immigration. Gasp! That's exactly what Tancredo's been saying for nearly 20 years.

As he told me this week, "This primary battle for the Republican nomination for governor is shaping up to be a classic fight between the political elite and the rank-and-file conservatives in the party. The party bosses hate my candidacy because it represents a threat to their power and to the crony capitalists who want the government to supply them with cheap labor."

Bingo. Tancredo is a patriot who stands firmly in the mainstream -- and voters of all backgrounds, including hardworking, law-abiding Democrats and independents, stand with him on this. Standing with Facebook's amnesty crusader Mark Zuckerberg, radical Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and the open-borders crowd looking to cash in at the expense of American workers is what's truly fringe.

In the bizarro worlds of both Soros-funded operatives and U.S. Chamber of Commerce-types, it's somehow "far right" to advocate for the rule of law. These elites decry "fringe" conservatives like Tancredo and myself who believe it's a fundamental duty of the government to protect the states from invasion. Yes, I said "invasion." That's straight from Article IV, section IV of the fringe document known as the U.S. Constitution. And what other word best describes what's happening along the border, in the southwestern states and at military bases across the country this very moment?

Long before so many Johnnies-come-lately started waking up to the dire national security, public safety, public health and economic threats posed by unbridled, uncontrolled immigration, Tom Tancredo was leading the fight on Capitol Hill. Karl Rove threatened him over his successful opposition to the ruinous Bush amnesty, telling him he'd "never darken the White House doorstep" again. Ahem, talk about "divisive."

Tancredo's willingness to call out both establishment Republicans and Democrats when they're leading us down the grim path of self-immolation is his greatest strength. And not just on immigration. Whether he's defending the Second Amendment or the Tenth, whether he's skewering political correctness, the "cult of multiculturalism" or Common Core, or whether he's defending property rights and entrepreneurs, he spares no one and pulls no punches. He doesn't care a whit what the liberal media think. He does what he thinks is right, not what's politically expedient.

Many chin-pulling Republican bosses here in Colorado say Tom's a "bomb-thrower." What they mean is "unapologetic truth-teller." And we need more like him in office, not the same old sycophants and milquetoasts who'd rather lose than be perceived as "lightning rods." Instead of following the establishment GOP lemmings who credited President Obama with being a "nice guy," for example, Tom bluntly said in 2010 that the corruptocrat in chief was "the greatest threat to our way of life."

That's not so "radical" anymore considering Obama's unleashing of five top Taliban commanders from Gitmo; wanton release of tens of thousands of criminal illegal aliens; reckless inaction as scores of veterans died while his Veterans Affairs bureaucrats cooked the books; and callous dismissal of the bloodstained Fast and Furious and Benghazi scandals as "manufactured."

All of the GOP gubernatorial candidates in Colorado would be better than job-sabotaging, rights-infringing Democratic incumbent John Hickenlooper. But Tancredo is leading the pack in all of the polls. He has the strongest name recognition and grassroots following. And he's got all the right enemies. What sets Tom apart is his lifelong independence and his proven record of bucking establishment politics. Nobody ever will accuse him of straddling the fence, sugarcoating his message or selling out. No wonder the powers that be in the bipartisan halls of power are scared.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: campaignsnelections; governor; johnhickenlooper; tomtancredo

1 posted on 06/13/2014 3:39:45 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

He was quite popular on FR a decade ago.


2 posted on 06/13/2014 3:40:52 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: Kaslin

In before the Colorado “Tom Stole Our Last Election!” gang arrives.

Beauprez and Tancredo poll about the same against Hickenlooper.

But Tancredo’s the real thing.


3 posted on 06/13/2014 3:45:12 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: Kaslin

Don’t forget Dave Cox in the 3rd Congressional District, running against Scott Tipton. Cox would also be very detrimental to the GOPe


4 posted on 06/13/2014 3:46:57 PM PDT by dware (3 prohibited topics in mixed company: politics, religion and operating systems...)
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To: Kaslin

Tom Tancedo is the real meal deal. I contributed to his 2008 presidential campaign. Go Tom go!


5 posted on 06/13/2014 3:51:50 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

People in CO are too stuck on “democracy” to expect much of anything from them.


6 posted on 06/13/2014 3:53:32 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Liberals keep winning; so the American people must now be all-liberal all the time.)
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To: Kaslin

Go Tom!!


7 posted on 06/13/2014 3:55:42 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Kaslin
Scott Gessler shines in straw poll for governor; Cory Gardner coasts in Senate poll
Denver Post
The Spot
by Lynn Bartels
March 5, 2014
"Secretary of State Scott Gessler is the winner of a straw poll for gubernatorial candidates conducted during Tuesday night’s GOP precinct caucuses,...former Congressman Tom Tancredo, who was third or fourth in several counties but is trying to get on the ballot through the signature-petition process."


8 posted on 06/13/2014 4:28:45 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Kaslin

After quick look at Gessler’s record, it looks pretty good. Some qualifications spotted during a quick search:

1. He was never a draft dodger. He did serve in the Army, including the 12th Special Forces Group.

2. He was not a public school teacher, although he did teach in universities while building a private firm.

3. He worked as Secretary of State with an emphasis in preventing election fraud.

Scott Gessler once again leads in fundraising as GOP gov reports offer surprises
http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2014/06/03/scott-gessler-john-hickenlooper-fundraising/109567/


9 posted on 06/13/2014 4:51:42 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Kaslin

Gessler’s fair-elections wish list: photo I.D. and proof of citizenship
http://whosaidyousaid.com/video/gesslers-fair-elections-wish-list-photo-i-d-and-proof-of-citizenship/

Republicans Greg Brophy and Scott Gessler: If I were governor I would …
The Denver Post
The Spot
By Lynn Bartels
August 29, 2013
“’I will propose a broad economic package that will reduce regulations and some of the unfair taxes we have here in the state of Colorado to get this economy going,’ Gessler said.”


10 posted on 06/13/2014 5:05:18 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Kaslin

I’m in for Tom too.
My ballot is ready to mail.


11 posted on 06/13/2014 5:06:38 PM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: Kaslin

Scott Gessler grilled at Capitol about immigrant letters, website glitches
Westword
By Sam Levin Tue., Jan. 15 2013 at 2:55 PM
http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2013/01/scott_gessler_immigrant_letters_website_glitches.php

“Mainly, the critical legislators wanted to know why Gessler had been so focused on finding illegally registered immigrants and if any voters were disenfranchised due to technical problems at his office.”


12 posted on 06/13/2014 5:11:42 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Regulator
Beauprez and Tancredo poll about the same against Hickenlooper.

The last poll I saw showed Tancredo doing much better than Beauprez. I voted for Tancredo, but I'd be fairly happy with anyone other than Beauprez. Sick of that guy remaining silent when Colorado is being destroyed by liberals then showing up every four years to run for governor. He's also way too milquetoast. He would never really do battle with Hickenlooper.


13 posted on 06/13/2014 5:37:45 PM PDT by Cinnamontea
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To: Kackikat

I supported him in 2010. I like him. Good man. I’m on board again.


14 posted on 06/13/2014 6:18:21 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Being on east coast I haven’t heard about him except on FR.


15 posted on 06/13/2014 6:21:12 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: Regulator; fieldmarshaldj

Scott Gessler is a better choice than either of them. I have trouble seeing either of them winning, Gessler is already a statewide winner.


16 posted on 06/13/2014 6:58:15 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Kaslin

“Panicked liberals and crony Republican elitists agree: Tom Tancredo would be bad for their Big Government and Big Business rackets.”

Two of the loudest Republican elitists bashing Tancredo being Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt.


17 posted on 06/14/2014 12:13:07 AM PDT by Pelham (Either Deportation or Amnesty.)
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To: Kaslin

Tancredo is being hammered in political ads about being for legalizing heroine and cocaine. They have been pretty viscious.


18 posted on 06/14/2014 5:24:37 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: Cinnamontea

The GOP-e in CO is disgusting - we need Beauprez to unite us, the state is fond of him, etc.

I like the idea of Gessler. He has really been strong on protecting our election process.


19 posted on 06/14/2014 5:26:53 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: Cinnamontea
If I have time later today, I will try to find a non-gannett resource for this bit of news:

Governor apologizes to Colorado's sheriffs

Hickenlooper also said his administration didn't do a good job anticipating pushback on gun control.

And from the Montezuma County Sheriff:

he Governor admitted his Office did not research the gun legislation until after it was passed.

This is becoming way too typical of Democrats, gee, we just didn't know. We didn't know that Al Qaeda was ramping up in Iraq, we learned about it in the media. We didn't know that terrorists were attacking us in Benghazi, we learned about losing our ambassador in the media. Gee, we didn't know that these draconian gun laws would cause such a problem, we learned about it in the media after we passed the laws. BS, BS, BS. The local media was wall-to-wall coverage on these laws and the outcry.

20 posted on 06/14/2014 5:34:16 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: Impy

Might be right.

I always thought Tancredo would be better as a Senator.


21 posted on 06/15/2014 11:15:00 AM PDT by Regulator
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To: Regulator

Mike Kopp is the real thing. Tancredo is a one note Johnny whose 15 minutes is over. He has done irreperable harm to the republican party in Colorado and needs to sit down and shut up. We have a good chance of winning this election if we do not shoot ourselves in the foot.


22 posted on 06/15/2014 11:17:32 AM PDT by Mom MD
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To: Mom MD

You told mw that on another thread some time ago.

And the polls show Gessler out front.

Think you might be in the margin.

And Tancredo didnt hurt the Republican party in CO, he saved it from itself.

Hickenlooper helped with that by showing everyone what life under looneycrats would really be like.


23 posted on 06/15/2014 11:30:50 AM PDT by Regulator
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