Washington Post’s “Fix” Reports Tancredo GOP Peril

A dangerous turn of events for the GOP, writes the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza:

Trouble is brewing in Colorado for Republicans with the news that former representative Tom Tancredo (R) is now likely to run for governor in 2010. Tancredo’s interest comes in the wake of state Sen. Josh Penry’s surprising decision to drop his candidacy last week. Penry’s opt-out left former Rep. Scott McInnis, a noted moderate within the party, as the only serious Republican in the mix. Penry’s hand was forced by the fact that much of the conservative money — as well as former governor Bill Owens (R) — had lined up, somewhat inexplicably, behind McInnis. Those money men will certainly stay with McInnis with Tancredo in the contest but the the latter’s strong anti-immigration stance has turned him into a cult hero among grassroots conservatives. As always in politics, be careful what you wish for…



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  1. TreF says:

    If you look deeper into the top ten at three of them are about the divisions in the GOP. Huthinson’s apparent missteps in the race against Perry are very surprising to me. I figured that he was a dead man walking, but as Mark said don’t count good hair out until the votes have been counted. The Trancedo candidacy is something the GOP would like to avoid like the plague. Any GOP thinker worth his or her salt will tell you that anti-immigrant stances may sound good in the short term but they will kill the party in the long-run. Tancredo is the poster-boy for that movement and he will at the very least bring the immigration fight back into the forefront, which is something the republicans would like to avoid at least until after the 2010 elections. I just hope that this wil be resolve so that people will be able to do some saving money.

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