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Tancredo to visit Eagle on Saturday

FILE - In this July 23, 2010, file photo, former Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo speaks in Denver. In an election year already notable for anti-establishment fervor and spoiler candidates, nothing beats Colorado's political circus. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

EAGLE, Colorado – Controversial politician Tom Tancredo called third-party campaigns “suicidal,” and will be in town Saturday morning to explain why he’s now leading one.

Tancredo will address Saturday’s meeting of the Vail Valley 9.12 Project, part of a nationwide movement of constitutional conservatives.

They’ll have some contentious questions for Tancredo, said local 9.12 leader Michael Schneider.

Tancredo told him point blank that third parties are losers, and bring down major party candidates with them, Schneider said.

Schneider said that, among other things at Saturday’s 9.12 meeting Tancredo would be asked what on earth he thinks he’s doing running for Colorado governor as the candidate from the American Constitution Party.

“We were just going to have him at our regular monthly meeting, but now we have some questions,” Schneider said.

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Third parties ‘suicidal’

Last December, a coalition including some 9.12 leaders from around the state were pushing Colorado Republican Chairman Dick Wadhams to place principles before party, Schneider said.

Tancredo happened to be in Wadhams’ office when they stopped by, and Tancredo made an impassioned speech about the pitfalls and problems that go with third party candidacies, Schneider said.

“I wrote him that night and asked why he didn’t run,” Schneider said. “He said he had too much baggage, and while many people liked him, more despise everything he stands for.”

In a Dec. 21, 2009, letter to 9.12 and Tea Party activists, Tancredo said it is “suicidal” to launch third parties or join small parties that “never attract more than 1 or 2 percent.” He said it would split the conservative vote and guarantee “the re-election of liberals and socialists.”

“I believe the Republican Party is the natural home of conservatives,” Tancredo wrote.

He pointed to Ross Perot’s candidacy, saying that’s what begat Bill Clinton’s presidency.

Tancredo has changed his mind and jumped into the governors’ race as the standard bearer for the American Constitution Party. He’ll explain why Saturday morning.

Victory in primaries are primarily solid

This week’s primaries raised several political eyebrows, especially with conservative Dan Maes beating GOP heavyweight Scott McInnis for the Republican governor’s nomination. He’ll face Democrat John Hickenlooper.

“It taught all the powers that be, that this guy with very little money and not nearly as much name recognition could win,” Schneider said.

Schneider is an unabashed Dan Maes fan and says he campaigned hard for him.

“This is the candidate of the grass roots conservatives of Colorado,” Schneider said. “We, along with independents and some Democrats have decided we’ve had enough, we’re tired of the self serving hypocrites. We’re making our move and we’re making it now.”

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

From Tom Tancredo

December 21, 2009

Some patriots are tempted to launch a third political party or back one of the existing small parties that never attract more than one or two percent of the vote in state races. I strongly believe that such a course is suicidal and would only result in splitting the conservative vote and guaranteeing the re-election of liberals and socialists.

I believe the Republican Party is the natural home of conservatives and that the road back to constitutional government lies in taking control of the Republican Party from top to bottom, from county committee to the statehouse and all the way to Washington, D.C.

Throughout our nation’s history, third parties have never succeeded in taking power and running the government. They have sometimes succeeded in pushing a major party in a new direction, but just as often, they succeeded only in electing the more liberal candidate after many conservatives waste their votes on a third party candidate. Remember 1992? Ross Perot never had a chance to be president, but he did help elect Bill Clinton.

Here in Colorado we have an uphill road in 2010, but the good news is we have the opportunity for a broad resurgent victory if we work together.

Yours for liberty,

Tom Tancredo