COLORADO: Birther Tom Tancredo Drops Governor Bid

CBS Denver reports:

Former Congressman Tom Tancredo, who put his name in the ring for governor of Colorado last fall, has withdrawn his candidacy. The Republican confirmed the move on Tuesday afternoon. Tancredo said although he feels competent to win Republican primary, he sees no path to victory in the gubernatorial general election for a Republican and doesn’t want to be blamed for losing to Rep. Jared Polis, the Democratic front-runner.

The Hill reports:

Polis, a multimillionaire from Denver and the first openly gay parent in Congress, has said he wants to be a “vanguard of the opposition” against President Trump as governor. He has emerged as a frontrunner among the Democratic candidates. Tancredo has drawn criticism for once saying that former President Obama was a “more serious threat to America than al Qaeda,” and for promoting the “birther” theory that Obama was born in Kenya and not a U.S. citizen.

During his five terms in the US House, Tancredo consistently earned a 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign.

  • JackFknTwist

    The GOP should be getting the message by now: there’s “no path to victory” anywhere.

  • Gustav2

    Tancredo didn’t want to lose to the gay guy. Not even Viagra will fix that.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      Even worse, it might cause him to switch teams! (Worse for us, I mean.)

    • AC

      lesser

    • another_steve

      That, or there’s a 13-year-old girl in his past.

    • teeveedub

      Tom Tancredo. He was an asshole long before he went to Congress, he was an asshole while in Congress, and he’s been an asshole ever since.

  • Paula

    There must be a cabinet position opening up for him.

    • Todd20036

      There is, but I’m going to have to break his legs to force him in..

      or were you meaning something else?

      • Paula

        No, I like your way.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      He could be Secretary of the newly created Department of Douchebaggery.

  • “During his five terms in the US House, Tancredo consistently earned a 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign.”
    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. /s

  • Cuberly Deux

    Being from Colorado…..even my Fox watching, anti-immigration mother thought Tancredo was a bigoted hateful nut-case.

    Believe me, that’s saying something.

  • Todd20036

    Very telling that being a birther went from being a winning formula to admitting that the blue tsunami will end his career with a whimper instead of on his own terms.

    That being said, AND ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST…

  • Treant

    “I coulda been a contender!”

    Sadly, that statement is actually true.

  • askDominick

    Tancredo–like Scalia–is a swarthy Sicilian who hates hispanics. A self-appointed guardian of whiteness who barely makes the cut himself.

  • bkmn

    Wimp deluxe.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    “Tancredo said although he feels competent to win Republican primary, he sees no path to victory in the gubernatorial general election for a Republican and doesn’t want to be blamed for losing to Rep. Jared Polis, the Democratic front-runner.”

    Wow, a real profile in courage.

  • Blake J Butler

    Shit, I don’t want Polis to run against Coffman. Having batshit craycrays would have made the race easier.

    • Ninja0980

      It would be but the Colorado GOP after Ken Buck in 2010 will do everything they can to ensure a fringe candidate doesn’t win the primary.

  • JWC

    You really don’t need another old white guy in office

    • bkmn

      especially another old, fat, bigoted, misinformed white guy

  • bkmn

    He knows he would be embarrassed as hell if he ever had to debate Polis one on one.

  • Moebym of the Returners

    As Trump would say, “sad”.

  • GanymedeRenard

    Good riddance.

  • Ninja0980
    • Judas Peckerwood

      Didn’t they realize that he’s white?

      • Silver Badger

        Heads will roll.

    • Treant

      “Arrested” or “Joked with as a good ol’ boy, fined $10, and let go with a wink and a gentlemen’s agreement not to shoot anybody we care about”?

      • Gustav2

        Barbour said he did not dispute Farbstein’s use of the word “arrest,” though he said he was not handcuffed and no mugshot photo was taken. Barbour described the TSA officers and the airport police as “very nice but very professional.”

        “They did exactly what they should have done, which was treat me like anybody else,” Barbour said.

        The fine for having a loaded firearm at an airport checkpoint begins at $3,920, according to a TSA website.

        • pj

          honey you are anybody else.

        • Chucktech

          No mugshot?? You can’t have no stinkin’ arrest without a mugshot!

          Treated you like anybody else, my queer foot. Anybody else would have had a mugshot…

    • William

      I always thought he would be taken out by a harpoon.

    • Sam_Handwich

      who knew that bag of assholes was still alive?

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Colorado air is thinner. And you get really interesting characters in the hills.

  • Blake J Butler
    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Joseph. Kennedy. III.

      Swoon. Fucking. Swoon.

  • Silver Badger

    Tancredo is a Colorado embarrassment. Unfortunately, he is far from the worst.

  • HZ81

    Aw, hope he isn’t riddled with ass or brain cancer or something else behind dropping out.

  • Christopher

    Tancredo is a loathsome piece of shit and the world will be better off when he’s shuffled off this mortal coil.

    (Born and raised in Colorado and I’ve hated that man from the first moment I learned his name.)

  • Lars Littlefield

    I’m so confused. Is Polis the asshole or is Tancredo?I know nothing of these two men.

    By the way, does anyone know who the Democrat is giving a counter argument to the SOTU? I heard it was going to be Congressman Joe Kennedy III. And now I heard on network news that there will be many Democrat counter responses. What gives?

    • Publius

      Jared Polis is a good guy. He rode in on the Obama wave in 2008. He’s also gay, and has a pretty respectable progressive track record.

      • Lars Littlefield

        ok. Sounds good to me.

  • Pip

    ahahahahahahahahaha Like Tancredo had a chance to begin with.

  • fastlanestranger

    When, oh when, will all the mentally ill, decrepit, ancient white men involved in politics die?

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Tomorrow is too long to wait.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    So, noting candidates and how ours are better: Out of state contributions even though the campaign has not started. Good time to send? Can it be sent? Wait until 2018 election heats up? Include a muffin basket in my pledge to Joseph Kennedy III?

  • ceeenbee

    “. . . he sees no path to victory in the gubernatorial general election for a Republican and doesn’t want to be blamed for losing to Rep. Jared Polis, the Democratic front-runner.“

    Wow! What a cowardly little imp. Maybe he should change his name to Turdcredo.

  • AtticusP

    I guess that photo of Tancredo with the naked Cub Scout troop finally surfaced.

  • LesbianTippingHabits


    What about the girthers?

  • Jefe5084

    Oh YAY!! THANK. YOU. YOU ARE A P.O.S.

  • Kevin Perez

    bye felici… just go away!!

  • kareemachan

    Oh gee, what a pity.

    Stupid shit.

  • colo303

    Honestly, Colorado is getting more Democratic and so I’d be surprised to see the state every go red again thanks to high tech and others moving in.

  • Professor Barnhardt

    I was hoping you’d get another Citroën DS.

  • Terry

    Tancredo has been a scourge on Colorado since I started following politics and his name would echo throughout the circles. I think his heyday was in the 90s and early 00’s