Tancredo blasts Dems, GOP alike
Neither party able to lead, candidate for governor says
It didn’t matter if they were Republicans or Democrats, American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo criticized both in an address before the Western Slope Conservative Alliance on Wednesday.
The former GOP congressman who left his own party to run for governor because he didn’t like the Republican nominee, Dan Maes, told a standing-room-only crowd at Grand Junction City Hall that neither party knows how to govern.
Democrats from President Barack Obama and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, his chief rival in the race, want to maintain the size of government, while such Republicans as Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Texas Rep. Tom Delay, who was majority leader when Tancredo was in Congress, are more interested in political careers than reducing taxes and spending, Tancredo said.
“It didn’t matter if we had a Republican president, Republican Congress, Democratic president, Democratic Congress,” he said. “We just kept moving to the left. Government just kept growing and growing.”
While Tancredo talked inside the building about how he would reduce the size of the state’s government, members of the tea party group GJResult.com protested outside, saying the former five-term congressman is a career politician.
Tancredo may be fooling some that he’s an outsider, and the alliance is a tea-party group like his, but neither are what they appear, GJResult President Tim Fenwick said.
“This election’s about choice of the people, and the people made their choice at the assembly and at the primary,” Fenwick said. “The bad thing about this is the Republicans, the ones with the wealth, have selected Tancredo. We’re being told by the machine again who to vote for.”
Last week, the Western Slope Conservative Alliance joined numerous conservative groups and GOP leaders in reversing its support for Maes and calling on him to drop out of the race.
Tancredo said that support has propelled his campaign from a third-party candidacy to one within reach of winning.
He said Democrats don’t address problems the way conservatives do. Instead of looking for new or different ways to pay for what government the state already has, he would reduce its size dramatically.
“I have a different attitude about what government is all about,” Tancredo said. “I would be the happiest camper you ever come across if at the end of my time of service in the governor’s office, if I could actually look back at a government that was smaller than the day I came in. I don’t believe we are under-taxed, but we are over-governed.”