Tancredo voted in favor of TARP and Bush bailouts, which is easily checked out. Tancredo is a one issue person, illegal Mexican's, which is great, but he's ignorant about everything else.
Tom Tancredo is introspective, intelligent, well spoken and well versed on both state and national issues. I met and have spent one-on-one time with him over the last two months, and found him to be sincere, humble, funny, compassionate, spiritual, and someone who radiates inner strength. I have heard others talk about his charity and silent support of causes and individuals over the years. He has been married to Jackie for 33 years, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
Dan Maes sought out Tom's counsel and support long before Dan won the State Assembly, won the Primary, self-destructed, and became Tom's wounded and fading opponent.
The belief that Tom is a one issue candidate (an issue we all agree is critical to our state, illegal immigration) is a common and understandable misconception fueled by the way Tom is portrayed by his opponents and the lame-stream media. The fact that Tom temporarily ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 to (successfully) force the illegal immigration issue into the debates, and led the successful opposition to George W. Bush's immigration policies and plan to grant ammnesty to 10-20 million "undocumented" workers adds to the one-issue image. Tom's first book, The Battle for America's Border and Security, was published in 2006, but his history and experience go far beyond defending our national and state borders.
Tom is a Denver native from a blue-collar family. He worked at Elitch's for 10 years and rose from sweeper to assistant park manager. He used this income and summer work to attend and graduate from the University of Northern Colorado.
Tom taught high school civics in Colorado at Drake High School until he was elected to the Colorado state legislature in 1978. His first proposal was a bill limiting the number of bills an individual legislator could introduce. He was part of a freshman group of conservatives that got rid of state taxes on inheritance, car safety inspection stickers, food and utilities.
He resigned in 1981 to accept an appointment in the Reagan administration where he served as the Regional Representative to the Secretary of Education. He was reappointed to that position by President George H. W. Bush. Tom beat back Democratic Congresswoman Pat Schroeder and the teachers' unions and successfully downsized the regional Department of Education office by almost 75%, from 220 employees to approximately 60.
In 1993, Tom accepted the presidency of the Independence Institute, and dramatically grew its membership, revenue stream and influence during his tenure. Tom was a panelist for years on Colorado Inside Out on Channel 12. He has and continues to speak out on radio, TV and in the press on issues such as energy, higher education, school choice, parents' rights, and the impact of government regulation and taxation on business and job growth.
Tom served in the U.S. House of Representatives for ten years. He won each election with (from memory) over 60% of the vote. He is surging in the polls and his financial support has been strong. You are seeing and hearing his ads all over. He is now turning his attention on Hickenlooser, and will be exposing the job-killing, "fee" (meaning tax) raising, extremely liberal record and belief system of the Democrat candidate.
Tom can win this election. I urge the group to throw their unified support behind Tom. I would be happy to host a meeting with Tom for members of the group if we can get a sufficient number of people to make it a productive use of Tom's time. I am confident that Tom would be willing to come.
I love that we are all awake, active, and working to defend our country and state from this tax and spend assault that has been unleashed. I hope to see our group become a force and a voice in the future. While we are all focused on November 2, 2010, it is only a start. The prospects for conservatives in 2012 are phenomenal due to the number of additional national Democrat seats (more than this year) that will be in play.
Vote with pride.
Michael J weber said:Tancredo voted in favor of TARP and Bush bailouts, which is easily checked out. Tancredo is a one issue person, illegal Mexican's, which is great, but he's ignorant about everything else.