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Tom Tancredo wants the Republican candidates for governor to sign a civility pledge

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Tom Tancredo: Play nice!
The Colorado Republican Party wants Denver to host the 2016 GOP convention, ideally with a Republican governor in the State Capitol. But to do that, the party will have to do a lot better in next year's election than it did in 2010, when, after a bruising primary, candidate Dan Maes got just over 10 percent of the vote, and the state GOP barely hung onto its status as a major party. That's one reason why Tom Tancredo, who got over 36 percent of the vote as a third-party candidate and is running again as a Republican, wants other GOP contenders to sign a civility pledge.

Tom Tancredo, playing nice? "I'm not going to say anything to create conflict between me and other people here," he said yesterday at a taping of the Aaron Harber Show, the first faceoff between the four leading GOP candidates.

And what did the other contenders think about that? Secretary of State Scott Gessler agreed that the candidates should be "respectful of each other" and promised to at least read the civility pledge; former state senator Mike Kopp told Harber that while "voters deserve to know the differences" between the contenders, "we're not going to badmouth."

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Greg Brophy.
Then it was state senator Greg Brophy's turn. "I intend to be civil, you betcha," he responded, then added that if Tancredo wanted a smooth path to the nomination, maybe he should talk to the American Constitution Party, on whose ticket he ran last time.

"That wasn't very civil," Tancredo responded.

That Brophy might play the tough guy while Tom Tancredo plays nice was just one of the fascinating facts to emerge during the taping.

Some others:

We knew Dan Maes, and none of the four men at the taping are Dan Maes. All have impressive resumes and are able to address the hot topics -- education, corrections, the economy -- with ease.

None of the candidates will be Mr. Nice Guy when it comes to John Hickenlooper, and particularly his position on the death penalty. It looks like Hickenlooper's executive order postponing any action on Nathan Dunlap's death sentence until another governor is in office may be the go-to topic for any candidate hoping to be that next governor.

Brophy drives a Prius and rides a bicycle. He's the only farmer in the state Senate, and the only senator who lives beyond spitting distance of I-25 in the eastern portion of the state.

Mike Kopp has been a bullrider and also a firefighter -- and Idaho hot-shot.

Scott Gessler, who's made more headlines than any of the other three over the last year, shows grace under pressure. Then again, he's also been a federal prosecutor working terrorism cases.

Tancredo was the only candidate who did not glad-hand the audience before the taping. He was also the only one not to wear a suit and tie; he showed up in jeans and cowboy boots. He once ran a janitorial business -- as the owner/operator.

"We've all cleaned toilets," joked Harber, who once thought he might want to be Colorado's secretary of state.

But will this campaign fall into one?

More from the Calhoun: Wake Up Call archive: "Scott Gessler is off the hook from Westword, but not everybody."

Have a tip? Send it to patricia.calhoun@westword.com.


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47 comments
__McShyster__
__McShyster__

@Cognitive_Dissident ... Tommy Tancrepo also dodged the Vietnam War draft, using MENTAL ILLNESS as a disqualification.

If someone is too insane to qualify as cannon fodder in the U$ military, then they're too fucking crazy to be allowed into any public office.

Ipso facto.

stanley1
stanley1

Hey, Mike Roberts! Since I know you and your fellow lefties are extremely concerned over the poor Hudak supporterl who was no doubt irreparably damaged by Tom's finger, I figured you might want to know about these:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t89lt1fH40U  - Hudak vandal

http://bearingarms.com/peace-loving-friendly-colorado-progressive-threatens-to-gun-down-hudak-recall-supporters/?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl-  Hudak supporter death threats


I know you're very concerned about this, and it must be quite perplexing to have this come from the "friendly" and "tolerant" lefty crowd, so, being the intrepid reporter you are, I am anxiously awaiting your coverage of it.  

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Tancredo famously pledged to term limit himself.

That didn't stop him from running again.

maxplanck0
maxplanck0

That's funny: Republicans and civility, which is like associating Democrats with competency. 

Mike Lopez
Mike Lopez

TanCrapo is that douche still whining?

DougHubka
DougHubka

So the Republicans can all pledge to be nice to each other. Then when the general election starts, all of the 401 Non profits run by the Republicans will start slinging the mud at Hickenlooper..

_McShyster_
_McShyster_

Have these Repug scumbags sign an HONESTY pledge, then give them all polygraphs, deport all that fail.


Lynn Voss
Lynn Voss

This ass wipe flips people off and then wants other to be civil. Just go the hell away. Please

Charlene McCune
Charlene McCune

Bring on the conference... I will be outside demonstrating like those jerkwads did with the democratic convention..... Can't wait!

Bill Menezes
Bill Menezes

What would be real is for Tancredo to sign a pledge not to be such an effing coward, step out of the vehicle and flip the dude off, then see what happens..

Bill Menezes
Bill Menezes

So the guy who flips the bird at people wants a civility pledge? Got it.

Mus Mus
Mus Mus

None. Especially if Tancredo is involved.

RustyShackleford
RustyShackleford

Forget "civility" - Let's have Thunderdome for GOP whores, er, candidates.

"Two white guys enter! One white guy leaves!"

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

They should give him the finger.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Lynn Voss I was wondering if anyone would mention that, Lynn. We're going to make your post an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Charlene McCune Your post definitely paints a picture, Charlene. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

stanley1
stanley1

@Bill Menezes Oh sure, i'm sure that little leftist douche was a real tough guy, they *always* are. 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Bill Menezes Funny, Bill. Thanks for posting.

stanley1
stanley1

@__McShyster__ @stanley1 Keep telling yourself that, I know it keeps all of you drooling lockstep zombies happy. Like every other dumbshit thing you believe, it's not based in reality....but Stalin and Pol Pot sure loved good little statist soldiers like you, too.

DougHubka
DougHubka

@stanley1 @DougHubka Not mad, just been paying attention. And tell me this is not exactly what will happen in the general election

stanley1
stanley1

@michael.roberts Because telling him to "get fucked" while harrassing him is "civil"? I'm *shocked* you both left that part out of it. The douchebag would've gotten more than a finger from many people. 

stanley1
stanley1

@michael.roberts I know, right!? Check this out...it's *almost* as funny as a sitting president, after straight-up lying to the American public, says "it's important to be honest". Killer connection you made there, Michael. I look forward to the article!

stanley1
stanley1

@michael.roberts @RustyShackleford I know! I know! Thank fucking Allah that Hickenlooper is A) non-caucasian, and B) not beholden to outside money and interests. Oh wait.....Keep em coming, Russ, love the posts!

stanley1
stanley1

@stupidstuka Dodging "like a man".....fleeing to a foreign country? Like that kind of "manly"? 

stanley1
stanley1

@stupidstuka Yawn...says the sycophantic lefty still happily bent over for Barack Obama.

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

If he dodged it like a man, perhaps. Now he's merely an insane lying cowardly Repuglykan ...but that's redundant.

DougHubka
DougHubka

@stanley1 If you paid attention you would now that Hickenlooper won elections as mayor and governor by not running negative campaigns. You can look it up.  Good night

stanley1
stanley1

@DougHubka @stanley1 It's politics, and Dems are masters of it, always have been. Lock-step, follow the leader, get them elected. Republicans of late are great at destroying themselves in the primaries.

__McShyster__
__McShyster__

@stanley1

Repuglykan Health Care = if you can't afford to pay cash $$, then don't get sick.


__McShyster__
__McShyster__

@stanley1 ... and yet CLINTON did NOT start an illegal WAR with Iraq, invading, occupying and slaughtering 100,000+ innocent civilians in the process, plunging the country and region into turmoil for the last 10+ years, now did he?


stanley1
stanley1

@stupidstuka I know, right!? Like these beauties:

"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."

"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."

"Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power."

Oh, wait.....those were quotes by Clinton, Pelosi, and Al Gore, respectively, but don't let me stop your pathetic attempt at deflection. Fucking moron.

stanley1
stanley1

@__McShyster__ @stanley1 @michael.roberts Does your cut and paste have a point?

__McShyster__
__McShyster__

@stanley1 @michael.roberts 

Dick Cheney to Leahy: 'Go Fuck Yourself'


Vice President Dick Cheney blurted out an obscenity at Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy during a testy exchange on the Senate floor. The incident occurred after Leahy harangued Cheney about profiteering by Halliburton and President Bush's judicial nominees. 
According to the Washington Post, the exchange ended when Cheney offered some crass advice: "Go f**k yourself." The Washington Times put it this way: "Cheney...responded with a barnyard epithet, urging Mr. Leahy to perform an anatomical sexual impossibility." 

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