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12/09/2013 02:23 pm ET

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: Tom Tancredo 'Will Make Illegal Immigration Front Page News' In 2014 Governor Run

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Though his "Viva Tancredo" slogan might have appeared to be an appeal to Latino voters, Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo risks repelling them again with his latest fundraising letter by controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

In the letter, Arpaio -- who visited Colorado with "Dog The Bounty Hunter" in 2010 to help Tancredo raise money in his first run for governor against Democrat John Hickenlooper -- vowed that "Tom will make illegal immigration front page news... in all 50 states in America," and that Tancredo "won't back down until amnesty is off the table" nationally.

Arpaio also called Colorado "frighteningly soft on illegal aliens," though Tancredo's campaign manager Cliff Dodge acknowledged to The Denver Post that the role of governor can't in fact do very much about immigration.

In response to the unveiling of Tancredo's bilingual slogan, the Colorado Democratic Party started popularizing the Twitter hashtag #NoMasTancredo ("No more Tancredo") and called Tancredo "the same old anti-immigrant, extremist politician."

Just last week, new poll results by Public Policy Polling showed that Tancredo is the Republican frontrunner this year against the incumbent Hickenlooper, whom he lost to in 2010 as an American Constitution Party candidate. However in the same poll, when asked who they would vote for if the race were between Tancredo and Hickenlooper, 48 percent of respondents said they would vote to reelect Hickenlooper compared with with 40 percent who said they would vote for Tancredo.

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