Believing that neither Republican candidate could win in Colorado’s upcoming gubernatorial election, Tom Tancredo, former Colorado congressman, threw down the gauntlet. Last week he told candidates Scott McInnis and Dan Maes that if they didn’t agree that the winner of the primary would step down and let the Republicans ordain the candidate, he would enter the race himself. He gave them a deadline of noon today.
Well, noon has come and gone, neither Maes or McInnis had agreed to his proposal, so now Tancredo is in the governor’s race as the candidate for the American Constitution Party.
You may remember Tancredo as a single-issue (illegal immigration) Congressman from Colorado’s 6th district or the failed presidential candidate in the last elections. McInnis was also a Congressmen, serving Colorado’s 3rd district. Nobody seems to know who Dan Maes is.
Tancredo says that McInnis and Maes are unelectable because of a recent plagiarism scandal (McInnis) and campaign finance scandal (Maes). This may all be true, but by Tancredo entering the race, he is virtually guaranteeing it.
The Democratic candidate, John Hickenlooper is the well liked mayor of Denver. He enjoys broad support, unlike the pocketed support of his competitors.
There are a lot of takeaways from this development, but the biggest is, to paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of the death of the Democratic party may be premature.