Just like in 2010 when Colorado Democratic money players
helped Republican gubernatorial frontrunner Scott McInnis sidetrack his career,
they are again spending money to help what they consider a surefire loser
against Governor John Hickenlooper – Tom Tancredo.
As a tertiary benefit, they see Tancredo, historically a
flamethrower of a candidate, not only self-immolating, but burning down the
entire Republican ticket.
The ethics and hypocrisy of interfering with the other
party’s selection of a candidate to promote the most polarizing candidate
doesn’t appear to weigh on them other than trying to keep their personal names
or the party label off the advertisement and the record. They call their PAC, “Protect
If Tancredo wins the primary, the stealth Democratic Super PAC
will then attack him as an extremist, representing a party prone to
anti-immigration candidates and philosophy.
|Gov. John Hickenlooper and Tom Tancredo|
The next time Democrats try to climb to the high ground and
condemn some misbehavior of Republicans, the primary of 2014 should be
Reported in Colorado Observer, Valerie Richardson; Colorado
Peak Politics; Colorado Pols; Compass Colorado, Samantha Davis; Complete
Colorado, Todd Shepherd; and Fox 31, Eli Stokols.
Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli said the idea is
to boost the Republican candidate in the June 24 primary that Democratic
insiders believe will be least difficult for Gov. John Hickenlooper to defeat
in November. Fair or not, that’s Tancredo.
Ciruli noted that Democrats have played this
card before. In 2010, a Democrat-backed committee invested in attack ads
against former Rep. Scott McInnis, who ultimately lost the GOP primary to
little-known candidate Dan Maes. Hickenlooper won the race easily against Maes
and Tancredo, who ran as a third-party candidate.
“I personally believe it is totally unethical,
but it’s obviously not illegal, nor is it unique,” said Ciruli.
Swaying a few hundred votes could mean the difference
between victory and defeat in a primary contest that’s only expected to draw
about 400,000 voters, said Ciruli.
“If that’s the situation, then that kind of confirms what
the Democrats are thinking, too: That with a relatively modest investment, well
placed, they can influence this race and get what they would like out of it,”