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10 reasons Tancredo’s campaign no esta viva

Jill Garvey • Feb 24, 2014

Former Colorado congressman and current gubernatorial candidate, Tom Tancredo, has perhaps the most laughable campaign slogan this election year. The notoriously xenophobic politician is advertising his candidacy under the slogan “Viva Tancredo: Live your own life,” in an effort to attract Latino support. Tancredo even launched a website, VivaTancredo.com, that describes itself as “a movement of Hispanic citizens who are dedicated to support Tom Tancredo for Governor of Colorado in 2014.”

Here are ten reasons Tom Tancredo’s run for governor is unlikely to inspire a “movement” of Latino support:

1.  Tancredo has built his political career on his anti-immigrant views. He has worked closely with and received financial support from white nationalist John Tanton, the architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement and founder of groups like FAIR and Center for Immigration Studies.

2.  In 1999 he founded the House Immigration Reform Caucus as a vehicle for the Tanton Network. The caucus’s purpose is to advance anti-immigrant federal legislation and has imported this legacy of bigotry into the U.S. Congress.

3.  He has viciously attacked prominent Latinos. In 2009, he said Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic Supreme Court appointee, was racist for her connection to the advocacy group National Council of La Raza. He called the group the “Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses.”

4. Shortly after his remarks about Justice Sotomayor, it was discovered that Marcus Epstein, the Executive Director of Tancredo’s Team America PAC and his former speechwriter, was convicted of assaulting an African-American woman while hurling racial slurs at her. Seriously, can’t make this stuff up!

5. In 2010, Tancredo said that Obama was elected by “people who could not even spell the word ‘vote,’ or say it in English.” He called for a civics and literacy test as a prerequisite to voting. Way to bring back Jim Crow era laws, Tanc!

6.  Tancredo openly collaborates with white nationalist groups. He regularly contributes to VDARE, was the keynote speaker at the Social Contract Press annual writer’s workshop in 2012, and once spoke at a gathering hosted by a neo-Confederate group in South Carolina.

7.  He once referred to Miami as a “third world country” because of its high immigrant population.

8. Tancredo’s campaign has accepted money from the US Immigration Reform PAC (USIR), created by John Tanton (his wife Mary Lou still serves as the PAC’s president). Incidentally, the PAC is managed by a white nationalist named Tim Dionisopoulos.

9. Amid the media firestorm following Rep. Steve’s King’s repeated assertion that most undocumented youth are “drug mules,” Tancredo defended King, even as GOP leadership sharply condemned the comments.

10. Tancredo is the honorary chairman of the right wing student organization, Youth for Western Civilization. This white nationalist group has repeatedly found itself mired in controversy for its connections to organized racism.

In case Tancredo rethinks his campaign slogan, I’ve got a better one: “Tancredo: un lío caliente!”


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