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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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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Thu May 23, 2013 at 12:00:17 PM PDT

  •  Is he running as the GOP nom? (1+ / 0-)
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    Or is he going to fuck over the party again?  I don't know if the GOP really wants him.

    'Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost' - Ronald Reagan, Communist

    by RichM on Thu May 23, 2013 at 12:08:26 PM PDT

    •  Hardly matters. (1+ / 0-)
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      Whether he runs as an R or anything else, he splits the wacko vote, thus ensuring the victory of another Conservadem.

      Two cheers.

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Thu May 23, 2013 at 12:30:59 PM PDT

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  •  LOL...Tancredo?? Really?? Great for DEMS! nt (1+ / 0-)
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    *Austerity is the opposite of Prosperity*

    by josmndsn on Thu May 23, 2013 at 12:11:52 PM PDT

  •  YES!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, roycej

    Now I can focus all my ratfucking attention on Ted Cruz's presidential primary campaign.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Thu May 23, 2013 at 12:19:10 PM PDT

  •  A gift that keeps on giving ...... (2+ / 0-)
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    and now just in time for the approaching debate on national immigration reform.

  •  I'd love for him to run as a non-Republican (1+ / 0-)
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    again.  He has said, IIRC, that he has switched his party affiliation back to the Republicans since he "left the party" to run against McInnis.  In 2010 he and McInnis wound up with more votes for them than Hickenlooper received, but because of the split, we have Governor Hick.  The Republicans almost became a "minor party" from that election because to be a major party you have to receive 10% of the votes and I think they received around 11%.  It would have been delicious to have the Republicans be listed somewhere down-ballot between "Racist Rat-F*** party" and "Some Dude's Party".  And no, for those not from Colorado, we don't have those parties... yet.

    I think this decision on Nathan Dunlop (choosing to put on indefinite hold the execution of a man who murdered four people years ago who would otherwise have been executed in August for Colorado's first death penalty in several years) will hurt Hick, but not decisively.  However, James Holmes, the guy who shot up the Aurora theater, looks to be on trial next summer which will tie in with election season.  The prosecutor has already said she wants to pursue the death penalty and the whole state will be focused on that issue.  I'm just hoping a plea deal winds up working out where he's put in prison without possibility of parole.  That will quiet this whole issue, that will save the state probably a few million dollars, and that may help prevent us being afflicted with Tancredo.

    •  I think you need... (1+ / 0-)
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      To check your facts :)  McInnis was well on his way to the GOP nod and possibly the governorship - when it was found out that he plagiarized a water report that he was paid very well for.  He lost to Dan Maes in the GOP primary as a result.  Maes turned out to be a horrible candidate and Tancredo tried to get the GOP to kick him out of the race so that he could have a clear field.  Maes refused to leave.  It didn't really matter because Hick got over 51% of the vote.  But you are right about the GOP nominee getting only 11%.  If he would have got less than 10%, the GOP would not enjoy 'automatic' ballot inclusion in Colorado.  

      James Holmes has already tried to negotiate a deal of life without parole -but the prosecutor will not have it.

      'Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost' - Ronald Reagan, Communist

      by RichM on Thu May 23, 2013 at 01:22:19 PM PDT

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      •  You're right. It was Maes who ran as the (1+ / 0-)
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        Republican choice.  Your other facts are correct as well.  Just goes to show how my memory is getting more and more faulty over the years.

        I am disappointed the prosecutor is out for the death penalty. Yes, Holmes is a worthy candidate, but it's a huge expense for Colorado, a lengthy period of having to hear his name in the news as the pre-trial motions are followed by the trial which then is followed by practically endless appeals.  I do not know anyone directly involved with the shooting; the closest I come is a friend who was a security guard at the mall and not the theater, but with the mixed reactions of victim families - some saying Holmes should be put to death and some saying they don't want another to die in this tragedy, I say prison without parole is the fastest, quietest and most humanitarian way to put this behind us.  I don't get my wish, here, however.

    •  Most will remember Tancredo as a Republican (1+ / 0-)
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      whether or not he remaiins affiliated with the GOP.  He served in the US House for several terms as a Republican so he can't wash that away.....nor do I believe he wants to, but that independent status will allow him to bypass the nomination process.

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