State Sen. Greg Brophy probably never had much of a chance at becoming Colorado's next Governor, particularly after a brutally bad Q3 fundraising quarter, but that hasn't stopped him from taking every opportunity to kneecap other GOP candidates. Yesterday he went after Tom Tancredo for a gun safety vote that occurred in Congress shortly after the Columbine shooting. This won't help Brophy make it much closer to the top of the field, but it could cause some serious damage to Tancredo's campaign.
From FOX 31:
Brophy attacked Tancredo Monday over a 1999 vote by the former congressman who supported legislation to restrict the sale, transfer, importation and possession of assault rifles and magazines with higher than a 10-round capacity, a measure that is, at least generally, comparable to the ban approved by Colorado Democrats last year that outlaws magazines of more than 15 rounds.
“To a lot of people, this is the seminal issue,” Brophy told FOX31 Denver. “Tancredo’s record on gun control is actually worse than John Hickenlooper’s.”
Brophy is highlighting Tancredo’s support for House Resolution 2122 back on June 18, 1999, just two months after the horrific shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, in Tancredo’s congressional district and just blocks from the lawmaker’s home.
In a New York Times article published three days after the vote, Tancredo explained why he supported the legislation, making him the only member of Congress from Colorado to do so (the legislation died, with Republicans arguing that the restrictions went too far and Democrats that they didn’t go far enough).
In response to a question from reporter James Brooke, who asked “what made the difference?”, Tancredo replied: ”Twelve dead children, one dead adult, 24 injured kids and a community that has had its heart broken — that made the difference.”
Ironically, this is the kind of story that would probably help Tancredo in a General Election if he hadn't already decided to be "Captain 2nd Amendment" in the Republican Primary. This also highlights the problem of gun safety for Republicans in a Primary — any perceived weakness on 2nd Amendment issues will be a problem for someone trying to win the GOP nomination.
As for Brophy, he's spent so much time lately trying to tear down Tancredo and Scott Gessler that it's starting to look like he's really running in order to block for someone else — Mike Kopp, perhaps?