October 25th, 2010
09:41 AM ET
12 years ago

Tancredo gets big Tea Party endorsement

(CNN) - Tom Tancredo's third party bid for Colorado governor is getting a big endorsement from a leading member of the Tea Party movement.

The chairman of the Tea Party Express, one of the most well-known and politically active national Tea Party organizations, on Monday endorsed Tancredo.

"Tom Tancredo has always been there for the constitutional conservative principles that drive the tea party movement, and I am honored to support him," said Amy Kremer, in a statement.

Tancredo, a former congressman who's been extremely outspoken on the issue of illegal immigration, is running for governor as the American Constitution Party's nominee.

Dan Maes, who enjoyed the backing of some in the Tea Party movement, narrowly beat former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis in the GOP gubernatorial primary in August, despite several campaign controversies. After his victory, Maes faced calls by many prominent Republicans in his state to step down, and national Republicans seemed to have washed their hands of the race.

"It is time for Republican Dan Maes to end his campaign, endorse Mr. Tancredo, and do what is right and best for the people of Colorado," added Kremer.

Kremer's comments come as the Tea Party Express's fourth bus tour makes it's way across the country. Kremer's backing of Tancredo is a personal endorsement, as the Tea Party Express, a federal PAC, does not make endorsement in state or local races.

The most recent surveys of likely voters in Colorado indicate that Tancredo trails Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, the Democrat's nominee, by around 10 points, with Maes a distant third.

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Filed under: 2010 • Colorado • Tea Party Express
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Lolo

    This man looks like he he is missing a few marbles from his picture. No way would I vote for him.

    October 25, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. Marg

    No tea people for Colorado. They can,t change the job crisis in Colorado,or the country! Vote these people in if you want a Lame Duck Washington for two more years!

    October 25, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. harvey 60

    terrible tom, as in bomb mecca, constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, and "fair tax", a consumption tax that would force the poor to pay taxes on bread, milk and cereal while the wealthy save billions? that tom? tom foolery. no wonder the tea party supports him.

    October 25, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. disbelief

    Republicans, Tea Party right wing do not give a damn about the U.S. Constitution!!! They just pretend they do and pretend the Dems are the one violating the Constitution. In reality, the Republicans have screwed the Consitution – and our Democracy – as a matter of routine! It's the "Norm" for them! They don't care about the law or the Constitution!

    October 25, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. ST

    Does this endorsement surprise anyone!! Not at all. If I was a witch, I will have to endorse my fellow witch!

    October 25, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. Sgt. Joe

    That endorsement alone should have normal folks looking the other way!

    October 25, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. kyle from ohio

    constitutional conservative principles Indeed; which constitution 1789, 1889, 1999; i'm sure the 1789 would do this son of an immigrent; just fine since he belongs to the only group of people who have never had to have an amendment made for them to vote. not the 15th, nor the 19th amendment. An this man is only 2nd generation American with conversation like his family has been here in the USA since 1789. Only in American.

    October 25, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Jersey Bob

    Tancredo is a one-issue candidate who has exhibited absolutely no capability to think in a logical manner – much less to govern. He had a lackluster career in congress and had a pitiful, zenophobic campaign for President. And one of the leading lights of the Tea Party endorses him??? Kinda tells a lot about both movements, eh......

    October 25, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    Another RepubliCAN'T kicked to the curb by the TEA PARTY!!! LMAO

    But this time, both candidates were endorsed by the Tea Party?????? What the Heck??? Maes' voters will probably end of voting for NONE OF THE ABOVE because they will be PISSED!! Trancredo is already LOSING!!!

    DEMOCRATS in CO – keep the base UNITED and get out and VOTE – this looks GOOD so far and staying home would BLOW IT!!! All of the VOTERS behind MAES – if he drops out – GET Pissed and either STAY HOME or vote for the DEMOCRAT – it's okay!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 25, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. Bob(Illinois)

    Tancredo should go back under the rock where someone found him!

    October 25, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Jean-Texas

    If by constitutional conservative principles that drive the tea party movement, you mean bigot, then that describes Tom Tancredo. Anyone who believes we should bring back literacy tests to vote, and makes the types of remarks he has made, has no business running for public office. The job of a public servant is to SERVE ALL the people. After hearing this man speak, I doubt very seriously that he is capapble of serving anyone who doesn't look and talk like him.

    October 25, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. Kyle

    I like Tom Tancredo. He was one of the few classy Presidential candidates last election.

    October 25, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. rdepontb

    That seals it, Colorado. Your choice has been made; by out-of-staters, true, but look at the time they're saving you at this very moment. Tancredo can turn you all into Christine O'Donnells and other witches.

    October 25, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. jules sand-perkins

    I haven't seen our country this upset about a president's administration since Nixon resigned.
    When the Tea Party can become this kind of force, it's a major–possibly excessive–reaction to the policies of a president as quirky and irrational as Obama.
    Insisting that a simple Republican nominee is not clearly correct enough reminds me of a newly successful person who would find a Mercedes-Benz not good enough for him.
    Obama's "change" certainly provoked a demand for change that dramatically reverses his change!

    October 25, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |