COLORADO: White Nationalist Former GOP House Rep. Tom Tancredo Jumps Into 2018 Gubernatorial Race

The Denver Post reports:

After back-to-back losses in 2010 and 2014, immigration hardliner and former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo plans to try again in 2018 to become Colorado’s next governor — a move spurred in part by his anger at Republicans for not protesting when a Colorado Springs resort canceled a white nationalist conference where he was supposed to speak.

His entry into a crowded Republican field adds a combustible element to a primary already brewing with rivalries, and it could provide new insight into the mood of the Colorado GOP at the start of the Trump administration.

For years, he’s been a controversial figure in Colorado and nationally. During his 2010 gubernatorial run, he said President Barack Obama was a bigger threat to the U.S. than al-Qaida and he once complained that immigration policies had turned Miami into a “Third World country.”

More from the SPLC:

Former Trump strategist and Breitbart executive chairman Steve Bannon, who met with Tancredo in Colorado in September, likely encouraged Tancredo’s jump into the GOP primary for governor. Bannon has been canvassing the country encouraging far-right candidates to challenge mainstream GOP candidates, and was instrumental in Judge Roy Moore’s GOP Senate primary victory in Alabama.

When a Denver Post reporter asked Tancredo if he’d discussed the 2018 governor’s race with Bannon, “Tancredo responded with a winking emoji and the line: ‘come to think of it, I believe it came up,’” the paper reported. Tancredo is also a Breitbart contributor.

Tancredo founded the hardline House Immigration Reform Caucus during his first year in Congress, and advocated for abolishing the Congressional Black Caucus and Hispanic caucuses of both parties during his tenure.