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Tom Tancredo waves a white flag at Jared Polis and thumbs his own party in the eye

Author: Dan Njegomir - February 1, 2018 - Updated: February 1, 2018

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo talks about a potential run for governor of Colorado at a meeting of the North Jeffco Tea Party on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at Brunswick Zone Wheat Ridge Lanes in Wheat Ridge. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

No sooner had Colorado Politics’s Ernest Luning broken the news that Republican frontrunner Tom Tancredo was dropping out of the Colorado governor’s race, citing insufficient fund-raising, than the ever outspoken ex-congressman was speaking out once again — this time, against the state GOP.

And a gleeful Colorado Democratic Party was of course standing at the ready to share media accounts of Tancredo’s unflattering utterances about one of the remaining GOP candidates as well as the party’s dismal election prospects in general. State Democratic spokesman Eric Walker blasted out a mass-email recapping the jabs:

It will be hard for any Republican to win this state,” Tancredo said.
“…Walker Stapleton is the ultimate insiderMaybe Walker can go through his Rolodex” — a reference to Stapleton being a member of the extended Bush family that has already given the United States two presidents.
Walker will have to defend himself against being that ultimate insider…
“But the Republicans in Colorado…I don’t know if they would have given me anything no matter what. Most of these folks are crony capitalists to begin with, and what they want is a cozy relationship with the government. They believe the government is mostly there to provide services for them, and they certainly hate my position on illegal immigration. So I don’t think many of them would have come in no matter what.”
Ouch. Those same Republicans must have been wondering whether Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Jared Polis — the multimillionaire whose fortune Tancredo says he couldn’t hope to match — can now afford to put away his checkbook. And just let Tom do the talking.

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is the opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.