This time, he's running as a Republican
May 23rd, 2013
03:55 PM ET
9 years ago

This time, he's running as a Republican

(CNN) - It's take two for Tom Tancredo.

After making a bid for Colorado governor as a third party candidate in 2010, the former GOP congressman known nationally for his outspoken and hardline stance on illegal immigration, Thursday announced he's running for governor again, in 2014, but this time as a Republican.

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"I announced 5 minutes ago my intention to seek the Republican nomination for Governor of Colorado and look forward to fighting for jobs, small business and our Constitutional freedoms that we hold so dear, wrote Tancredo Thursday on his Facebook page, adding "Game on."

Earlier, Tancredo announced his candidacy on radio station KHOW in an interview with conservative talk show host Peter Boyles. In the interview, Tancredo said that Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper's decision to grant a temporary reprieve to a death row inmate convicted of killing four people at a Chuck E. Cheese was the "last straw," according to local media reports.

In the 2010 election, after a tea party candidate won the GOP gubernatorial nomination over a better funded candidate, Tancredo jumped into the race as a third party candidate. Hickenlooper topped Tancredo by 15 percentage points, with the Republican candidate coming in a distant third.

Tancredo is the second Republican to announce a challenge to Hickenlooper.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Brian from CO

    Hickenlooper topped Tancredo by 15 percentage points in 2010 which was a great election cycle for Republicans. I don't think his hard right stance on immigration is going to play well in 2014 either. I found some of the things he said in 2010 to be offensive and I'm white.

    May 23, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What is he running on or about? I don't think that he'll do any better.

    May 23, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    So, a temporary reprieve was granted: too bad the people of CO can't be granted a repreive of any sort from the possibility of having this whack job from ending up on the public payroll again. It is interesting that so many so-called small government conservatives keep cycling back into government: one can only conclude they can't cut it in the private sector, so they feel the need to go back on the government dole-oh, that's right, when a rightie decides to be a career politician, its called public service.

    May 23, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Would anybody like a hate sandwich ?

    May 23, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    Is Tancredo the type of candidate RNC chairman Priebus and Karl Rove wants for the rebranding of the Republican Party? Looks like the same old Republican Party with the same old angry image and message.

    May 23, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. California Gary

    Is it just me, or does this guy look like everyone's crazy uncle? You know......the one that is never talked about or invited to any family gatherings.

    May 23, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -California Gary

    Is it just me, or does this guy look like everyone's crazy uncle? You know......the one that is never talked about or invited to any family gatherings.
    No, its not just you. He looks like he just got done listening to his Ipod's selection of speeches by Mussolini.

    May 23, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. California Gary

    You could be right Real Tom........probably the speech he gave just before being hung upside down in the town square.

    May 23, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Pander Bear

    Tom Tancredo is certifiably nuts.

    May 23, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    @California Gary-you are so right he has that crazy uncle look. In fact he looks like my crazy uncle but we do let him come for 1 family gathering a year to keep things from becoming boring. Let's face it we all have one.

    May 23, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |