Former United States Rep. Tom Tancredo could run for Colorado governor next year, according to a report this week in the Denver Post.
The newspaper said Tancredo—a Republican—has yet to make a final decision on his political future but he was keeping the door open for another run at the state’s top elected job. Tancredo famously lost as a third-party candidate to Democrat John Hickenloooper in 2010, though Tancredo earned 35 percent of the vote. Dan Maes, the Republican in the race, bumbled his way to only 11 percent. Shortly after his loss, Tancredo switched his voter affiliation back to Republican.
When asked Wednesday night in a text message from 5280 whether he was seriously considering a second gubernatorial run, Tancredo responded: “Yep.”
Tancredo represented Colorado’s 6th Congressional District for a decade and is known as a political firebrand—first with his well-known stances on immigration, and then as a fervent supporter of Colorado’s pro-marijuana Amendment 64. If he runs of gubernatorial office again, he’d face off against Hickenlooper, a widely popular governor—or perhaps against Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Udall.
To learn more about Tancredo’s first gubernatorial run—and his poor driving—read my 2011 story, “Down But Not Out.”