DENVER – Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo formally announced his plans to challenge Governor John Hickenlooper Thursday morning on the 630AM-KHOW radio program “The Peter Boyles Show.”
“I’m going to run for governor of the state of Colorado,” Tancredo told Boyles. “And I’m going to do it this time as a Republican.”
Tancredo also ran against Hickenlooper in 2010, garnering nearly 40 percent of the vote as a third-party candidate after the campaign of scandal-plagued GOP nominee Dan Maes imploded amid allegations of resume padding and rampant campaign finance violations.
Tancredo told Boyles that Governor Hickenlooper’s executive order granting a reprieve to convicted murderer Nathan Dunlap on Wednesday, and Hickenlooper’s backing of several far-reaching gun control bills this year played a role in his decision.
“We have government out of control at the federal level, we have government out of control at the state level,” Tancredo said. “Somebody’s got to do something about it.”
“We’ve got a situation where the Democrats control the [state] House, the [state] Senate and of course the governor’s seat – and as a result, a lot of wacky things have happened and will [continue to] happen in the next year,” Tancredo added. “There has got to be a change here. You can’t have one party rule…it becomes a nightmare.”
“He’s a nice guy,” Tancredo said of Hickenlooper. “He’s not a leader.”
Other Republicans reportedly considering a run include Secretary of State Scott Gessler, State Senator Greg Brophy of Wray, and former Rhode Island U.S. Senate candidate Steve Laffey.