Tancredo And The Governor's Race: Conservative Stalwart Forcing GOP To The Right
Conservative firebrand Tom Tancredo, who last week said he would "probably run" for the GOP nomination for Governor of Colorado, is now saying he will stay out under the condition that the current front-runner--moderate Scott McInnis--embrace a more conservative platform.
Tancredo floated the idea of running when conservative Repuublican candidate Josh Penry dropped out of the race last week. The former congressman and presidential candidate's interest in the race has widely been interpreted as an attempt to carry on the conservative mantle. Tancredo told Westword's Michael Roberts:
"You have to understand, I don't want to run for an office in order to get the office. That's secondary. It's just that the office is where you have to be in order to advance the agenda -- and the agenda is far more important than the office."
Tancredo is part of a round of negotiations aimed at establishing a conservative GOP platform. He told the Denver Post Thursday that he would stay out of the race if McInnis and the Republican party could agree on a set of conservative policy goals to pursue:
"I cannot say that I will get out and support Scott," Tancredo said. But he's considering doing just that if "we can get to that stage where this is an agreement, not just McInnis, I'm looking for the Republican Party itself to participate in this. They have to also put their stamp on it."
Conservative columnist and radio host Mike Rosen, who has been a part of the platform discussions, disclosed some of the policy goals being considered in a Denver Post Column Thursday:
Some of the provisions include:
• A commitment to limit taxes and state spending.
• Rescinding the Ritter executive order unionizing state employees.
• Requiring employers to participate in the federal e-verify program for new hires.
• Establishment of a state "rainy day" fund.
• Responsible development of renewable energy and Colorado's abundant oil and natural gas resources as well as nuclear energy.
• Appointing conservative judges to balance the court and reign in judicial activism.
• Expanding school choice through additional charter schools and education vouchers.
• Reversing property tax and auto registration taxes.
Tancredo said in his Westword interview that an agreement could be reached by Monday, but would not make any guarantees:
"The McInnis people are still futzing around with it. But if we can stay on track here, we might get it done -- and if we do, we might have an announcement on Monday."