Well it's looking Governor John Hickenlooper (D. CO) is looking more and more like he's safe for re-election:


Former GOP Congressman, Tom Tancredo, during a Denver Post Battleground Colorado: Super Tuesday  panel discussion Wednesday morning, March 7th, 2012. Andy Cross, The Denver Post
Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, known for his strong stances on immigration, formally announced a run for governor on a conservative talk radio show Thursday.

“This Dunlap thing is the last straw,” said Tancredo in a message to The Denver Post late Wednesday night.

Tancredo, a Republican, referred to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s decision on Wednesday to grant a temporary reprieve on the execution of death row inmate Nathan Dunlap. Dunlap was convicted of killing four people at an Aurora Chuck E. Cheese in 1993.

Several Republicans castigated Hickenlooper on Wednesday for the move that halts Dunlap’s date with death that was scheduled for August.

Tancredo last week indicated he is strongly considering a run for governor in 2014. As of Wednesday night, Tancredo had not filed the necessary paperwork with the secretary of state’s office.

Nevertheless, Tancredo, formally announced his candidacy on conservative talk radio host Peter Boyles’ show. - Denver Post, 5/22/13

Tancredo is most infamous for his radical anti-immigration views:


Surprise! Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and other guardians of political correctness have declared a taboo against linking the two jihadist Muslim terrorists in Boston to our failed immigration policies.

Two young Muslim immigrants have been identified as the culprits behind the Boston Marathon slaughter.

Using homemade “backpack” bombs constructed on the models in al-Qaida training manuals, they killed three people, maimed a dozen others and injured over 170. Yet, our nation’s lawmakers are not supposed to worry about how the immigration system allows legal entry to thousands of individuals from territories infested with jihadist training camps?

Sen. Schumer has reasons to be worried. His 844-page amnesty bill is in enough trouble already without these uninvited guests crashing the Schumer-Rubio Happy Hour.

Americans not infected by the common disease Potomac Myopia can connect the dots. Ordinary folk assume that a successful immigration system should afford protection against jihadists, not a welcome mat. When citizens say they want our broken immigration system fixed, they think that means securing our borders, real enforcement of immigration laws and better screening against jihadists gaining legal status by way of a green card. - Tom Tancredo, Americans For Legal Immigration, 5/22/13

As you may or may not remember, Tancredo ran for Governor in 2010 and helped split voters:


For Republicans, the Colorado governor's race just keeps getting bumpier, noisier and nastier.

Former Representative Tom Tancredo, who had said he did not think either of the two Republicans in the race could win, issued a statement on Monday saying he intended to register with the American Constitution Party and then seek the nomination for governor.

Mr. Tancredo was denounced by the Tea Party and related groups for what they said was a threat to split the Republican vote, guaranteeing a victory by the Democratic candidate, John Hickenlooper, the mayor here.

''You want to impose your personal choice and will over the will of the people,'' the groups said in an open letter with 21 signers. ''You are subverting the process and our will. This is the opposite of the liberty movement and what we are about.''

The leading Republican candidate for governor, Scott McInnis, has already been wounded in recent weeks by admissions that sections of a water study report several years ago that had his name on it, and for which he was paid $300,000, contained plagiarized material. He blamed a researcher, but apologized and said he should have been more diligent. - New York Times, 7/27/10

The other perk of having an anti-mmigration nut like Tancredo on the ballot is he helped bring out the Latino vote in large droves during a mid-term election:


Democrats were hurt in the midterm election by low turnouts or faltering support from voters who were young, black or female. But overwhelming support from Hispanic voters appears to have helped elect Democratic senators in Nevada, California, Colorado and possibly Washington State. Hispanic voters may have kept the Senate in Democratic hands.

Several Hispanic Republicans were also elected, including two governors, Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Susana Martinez of New Mexico, and a senator, Marco Rubio of Florida. But, over all, Hispanics voted at a rate of 2 to 1 for Democrats, according to several polls, and many were stirred to action by viciously anti-immigrant ads or comments made by Republican candidates.

Eligible Hispanic voters represent about 9 percent of the national electorate, a slight increase over previous years, but the percentages are much higher in the West, climbing to 22 percent in California. They are less predictably partisan than other ethnic groups and the two major parties have long contested for their votes. Early polls had suggested that many were disappointed in both parties for failing to act on immigration reform, and it appeared that they might sit out the midterms.

Then came a series of ads by Republican candidates like Sharron Angle, who was running for the United States Senate in Nevada. One of hers depicted Hispanics sneaking over the border, carrying weapons and appearing in police mug shots. Tom Tancredo, whose anti-immigrant sentiment was already known, ran for governor of Colorado by telling workers that their jobs were threatened by illegal immigration. Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for governor of California, pandered to the same sentiment by saying her former housekeeper, an illegal immigrant, should have been deported. - New York Times, 11/22/10

So I'll be curious to see how far Tancredo gets in this race.  In a state like Colorado with a growing Latino population, good luck trying to win on an extreme anti-immigration platform.  Governor Hickenlooper will be running for re-election next year.  If you'd like to donate or get involved with his campaign, you can do so here:

Originally posted to pdc on Thu May 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Colorado COmmunity and LatinoKos.

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