DENVER — Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo announced over the radio waves Thursday morning that he will seek the GOP nomination for Colorado Governor in 2014. Then he took to Facebook with a simple challenge to anyone who might stand in his way.
“Game on,” he wrote.
Talking about his decision to run on KHOW’s Peter Boyles show, Tancredo called Gov. John Hickenlooper’s decision to grant a temporary reprieve on the scheduled execution of convicted Chuck E. Cheese killer Nathan Dunlap “the last straw.”
“Somebody has got to run for governor who is willing to actually lead the state,” Tancredo told FOX31 Denver after his radio appearance.
“I would have respected his decision far more if I believed it was made from some inner conviction. To do this half-assed measure to stop this execution but only until there’s a new governor.
“Well, I accept that challenge, governor. When I get into office, Nathan Dunlap is going to go to his death.”
If Hickenlooper decides to run for reelection, this wouldn’t be the first time he has faced Tancredo. The former Congressman ran as a third-party candidate for Governor in 2010. He ended up with more than 35 percent of the vote, outperforming Republican candidate Dan Maes, who received 11 percent, but falling well short of Hickenlooper.
Tancredo is best known for his staunch stances against immigration reform. His abbreviated push for the GOP Presidential nomination in 2008 began with his stated belief that no Republican candidate was taking the “illegal immigration problem” seriously enough.
The race for the GOP nomination for Governor likely won’t be a cake walk for Tancredo. Secretary of State Scott Gessler, state Sen. Greg Brophy and Rhode Island transplant Steve Laffey, a former mayor and GOP Senate candidate, will likely stand in his way.
“I look forward to fighting for jobs, small business and our Constitutional freedoms that we hold so dear,” Tancredo said.