CO-06: Tancredo Will Not Run For Re-Election

From The Rocky Mountain Times:

Even if he loses his long-shot bid for the White House, Rep. Tom Tancredo will be leaving the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of 2008.

Tancredo, 61 , waited until after the Colorado Rockies' last out of the World Series on Sunday night before announcing that he plans to retire from Congress at the end of this, his fifth term.

"It's the fact that I really believe I have done all I can do in the House, especially about the issue about which I care greatly (immigration)," Tancredo said in a phone interview from a motel in Iowa.

Tancredo's retirement makes the seat somewhat more winnable for a Democrat but it will still be an uphill battle. The district (PVI of R+10) voted for Bush over Kerry 60%-39% in 2004 and Tancredo won re-election in 2006 with 58% of the vote. Bill Winter, who opposed Tancredo last year, has not announced whether he intends to run again this year but now that Tancredo is retiring, there could be a mad rush of candidates on both sides of the aisle. Our best hope, as Swing State Project notes, is for a fundie wingnut to emerge from a bruising primary, but it does seem like we'll need a perfect storm in order to win the seat.

As for Tancredo, he's still considering a run against Ken Salazar for senate in 2010 and has decided that he doesn't need to actually be in congress to make a credible bid if he decides to do so. In the meantime:

"Well, I am certainly looking forward to the time when at least a week can go by when I don't have to get on an airplane," Tancredo said.

Tags: CO-06, Tom Tancredo (all tags)

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5 Comments

Re: CO-06: Tancredo Will Not Run For Re-Election

Will he be joining the Minute Men

by nkpolitics 2007-10-29 09:48AM | 0 recs
Tancredo looks good for his age.

I had him pegged as in his 40s.

I have heard a lot from him lately.  He seems to be popping up on a lot of shows I watch or listen to.  I find it funny, before I knew his face or voice well, I'd start watching or listening and thinking that he sounded pretty smart.  Then as the interview moved on he'd start coming a bit unhinged and sounding really nutty.

He practically foams at the mouth when talking immigration.

by dpANDREWS 2007-10-29 12:09PM | 0 recs
Re: CO-06: Tancredo Will Not Run For Re-Election

WOOHOO.

Even if we don't win the seat, whatever Republican does replace him can't be half as bad. So either way, this is good for the country.

by Nathan Empsall 2007-10-29 12:30PM | 0 recs
Re: CO-06: Tancredo Will Not Run For Re-Election

Thank the maker!

I live in Highlands Ranch which is in Mad Tom's district and can't wait for 2008. I like Bill Winter a great deal and he has the potential to win the district, but hopefully he can get a TV ad up this time around.

As for the GOP lean, well, I wouldn't be too quick to condemn the Dems. I would say that its 50-50 if Winter faces a non-millionaire puke. He's a moderate independent Dem who is a veteran, a former HS teacher and football coach. He's got the right kind of personality and background to pull it off.

Run Bill Run!!!

by JerryColorado 2007-10-29 05:35PM | 0 recs
Re: CO-06: Tancredo Will Not Run For Re-Election

"Our best hope is for a fundie wingnut to emerge from a bruising primary..."

Are you nuts?  Tancredo's a freaking wingnut.  This district loves wingnuts!  This district elects wingnuts.  And they'll do it again.

by NM Ward Chair 2007-10-29 07:30PM | 0 recs

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