Tom Tancredo's Republican Return—and Other Pols Making Moves

January 2011

Sorry, American Constitution Party faithful. Tom Tancredo, the former Republican congressman who joined the ACP last year after squabbling with GOP party officials over support for his gubernatorial bid, is once again a Republican. After all, "they're the only game in town," he says (via the Associated Press). Colorado Republican Party chairman Dick Wadhams, who continued to clash with Tancredo during the 2010 campaign, says everyone is welcome at the GOP table—even Tancredo. The durability of that welcome mat could once again be put to the test if Wadhams can hold onto his post.

Despite recent criticisms of his leadership, Wadhams has announced he will seek another term as chair (via KUNC radio). While he may have to fend off some competition for the job, Wadhams makes a decent case for himself. Acknowledging some disappointments in 2010, he also points to a long list of victories for the state party, such as secretary of state Scott Gessler and state treasurer Walker Stapleton, who unseated Democratic incumbents Bernie Buescher and Cary Kennedy, respectively (via the Denver Post). It turns out state attorney general John Suthers, a Republican who was re-elected last November, will help at least one of the fallen Dems. Buescher is set to become the deputy attorney general overseeing the State Services Section (via State Bill News).

And GOP up-and-comer Frank McNulty, who serves as the state House speaker, is making moves of his own. One of Colorado's "most eligible bachelors" is set to tie the knot with lobbyist Shannon Csotty, writes the Denver Post. He proposed inside the state Capitol.