DENVER — Tom Tancredo isn’t trashing Bob Beauprez, but he’s demanding one of his biggest benefactors, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, come clean about the Republican Governors Association’s influence on Colorado’s GOP gubernatorial primary.
On Monday, the Denver Post reported that a campaign finance watchdog group discovered that the RGA, which Christie chairs, funneled money to help Beauprez through the Republican Attorney Generals Association despite its public pledge not to attempt to influence GOP primaries.
In June, Beauprez’s 31-27 percent victory over Tancredo came as a huge relief to establishment Republicans who worried about Tancredo’s nomination giving rise to higher voter turnout from Hispanics this fall and, as a result, hurting the GOP ticket.
On Tuesday, Tancredo, who has pledged to help Beauprez however he can, took aim at Christie, who was just stumping with Beauprez in Colorado last week.
“Now that we know who was behind many of the false and slanderous ads that were purchased in Colorado in the final days of our primary season, there are many questions that Colorado Republicans deserve to have answered,” Tancredo said. “Voters deserve transparency and they deserve to have a full accounting as to why the RGA would secretly funnel money into our Colorado Republican primary.”
Tancredo called on Christie to release all communications between the RGA and RAGA, disclose who authorized what appears to be $175,000 funneled into the primary, and to say who was involved with coordinating efforts between the RGA and two issues committees formed to help Beauprez through the primary.
“Republican voters in Colorado deserve a primary system that maintains integrity and is not hijacked by party elites,” Tancredo said. “The Democrats are fully capable of spreading falsehoods and propaganda that harms Republicans, so Colorado Republicans should know if a fellow Republican is using these same tactics against their own teammates.
“We already have a situation in Mississippi where grassroots Republicans feel disenfranchised by party elites. We need to avoid a repeat in Colorado.
“Governor Christie was previously accused of using political power as governor of New Jersey to block bridges as an act of political retaliation. So I’m sure he will relish this opportunity to ‘come clean’ and to ‘clear the air’ to avoid new allegations of using his elected position at RGA to carry out a political vendetta in Colorado.”