Tancredo Down 6% In Polls For Colorado Gov.; Maes "Bullied"
Tom Tancredo and Dan Maes from Denver Post photo
American Constitution Party candidate, Tom Tancredo, running for governor of Colorado against John Hickenlooper and Dan Maes, dropped in the polls ten points, if a poll by Reuters/Ipsos is correct. The buzz last week under a Rasmussen Poll suggested Tancredo was only 4 points away from the leader, Mayor Hickenlooper.
The Colorado governor’s race got off to a rocky start when the winner of the Republican primary, Dan Maes, got into trouble. The opposition took him to the wood shed over assertions he worked under cover for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. He later admitted he may have misspoken. He forked over $17,500 to the State of Colorado for campaign violations including accepting prohibited contributions and inflating travel expenses reported The Denver Post. He has also been taken to task for filing bankruptcy many years ago suggesting he is not suited as a money manager.
As Maes stuttered, Tom Tancredo, a tough foe of undocumented immigrants, entered the race. Since the Republican Primary was over Tancredo’s path to being listed on the ballot, it required him to renounce the Republican Party and sign up with a new party. Tancredo was named the candidate by the American Constitution Party and, after court challenges, was placed on the ballot.
Republican and Tea Party voters were angry at Tancredo. The Republicans presumed Tancredo would spoil the race and come in a close third behind Maes. Tea Party voters were unhappy because Tancredo had urged them to stick together with the Republican Party earlier in the year, then Tancredo made his own bid for the governorship under a third party. Some voters said Tancredo betrayed them.Continued on the next page