Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dire Consequences of Voting for Third-party Candidate, Tancredo for Governor

Over the years, I’ve been a fan of Tom Tancredo and have admired his strength of character as well as his willingness to tenaciously challenge the big-government Washington elite head-on. I like such character and resolve in a person. During my ten years in the Colorado legislature, I have been nearly as bold in fighting progressive thinking and plotting that seems to be so common in too many legislators, including some in my own party. I wonder what is now driving him to subvert everything he has stood for.

Had Tancredo entered the Governor’s race and competed in the caucus and primary process as he should have, he may very well have had my vote, but instead he entered this race by deserting the Republican Party in order to circumvent the Party’s nominee. In short, by running as a third-party candidate, he has undermined the effort of tens of thousands of TeaParty activists that have worked so hard for over a year to analyze and select a nominee consistent with their values. Such political shenanigans are disgusting, particularly when done by those in the Republican political party. When one subverts the Republican Party rather than make it better, they are no longer “Republican.”

Tom Tancredo’s recent defection from the Republican Party in order to run for Governor and/or attempt to force Dan Maes out of the race is extremely misguided and creates a near insurmountable obstacle on our road to victory. Third-party candidates NEVER win elections; Tancredo said that himself. We refer to these third-party candidates as “spoilers.” Tancredo is the spoiler in this race and his continued candidacy will almost guarantee a Hickenlooper win as Colorado’s next socialist governor.

In December 2009, Tancredo, in a letter to 912/TeaParty activists stated:

“Some patriots are tempted to launch a third political party or back one of the existing small parties that never attract more than one or two percent of the vote in state races. I strongly believe that such a course is suicidal and would only result in splitting the conservative vote and guaranteeing the re-election of liberals and socialists.

I believe the Republican Party is the natural home of conservatives and that the road back to constitutional government lies in taking control of the Republican Party from top to bottom, from county committee to the statehouse and all the way to Washington, D.C.

Throughout our nation’s history, third parties have never succeeded in taking power and running the government. They have sometimes succeeded in pushing a major party in a new direction, but just as often, they succeeded only in electing the more liberal candidate after many conservatives waste their votes on a third party candidate. Remember 1992? Ross Perot never had a chance to be president, but he did help elect Bill Clinton.”

Either Tancredo believed what he wrote or not. If he did believe his comments, then he is deliberately attempting to ensure Hickenlooper’s election by subverting the Republican Party’s nominee. If he did not believe what he wrote, then why did he attempt to keep TeaParty activists from forming a third party? Has Tancredo now become “both ways Tom?”

The Statesman recently wrote that discussions were held between Colorado Party Chairman, Dick Wadhams and Tancredo over who the gubernatorial vacancy committee would appoint should Dan Maes, the Party’s candidate, be forced to drop out. Additionally, it reported that Tancredo wanted some veto power over the committee’s selection. So not only were these possible kingmakers willing to contravene the will of Republican primary voters, but they were also plotting to secure their candidate as the anointed one. A vacancy committee appointment to override the voter’s selection? Yes.

Because of growing nation-wide distain for Obama’s Administration and the overreach of a Democrat-controlled Congress and Colorado Legislature, and an extremely liberal Governor, this year’s election may reverse the majorities in both the Colorado Senate and House of Representative from being solidly Democrat to Republican. I predict that following this November’s election, Colorado’s Senate will be the most conservative Senate in our state’s history. To lose the future benefits of this swing by electing a pro-tax, sanctuary-city Democrat (Hickenlooper) would thwart the hopes and effort of tens of thousands of citizens, many TeaParty and 912 activists, who have risen up to take their state government back from those elitists who have ignored their will for too many years. Key to seeing their goals met is to elect a conservative as Governor.

With his win in the recent Republican Primary, Dan Maes will now command top line on the ballot this coming November. Dan Maes is the people’s choice for Governor. He is not the choice of back-room politics. The grassroots have made their voices heard. They will no longer tolerate politics as usual. The people demand a say in who represents them. They will no longer watch from the sidelines while “inside baseball” determines who they may vote for. Those days are over.

Senator Kevin Lundberg and I were the first two legislators in Colorado’s General Assembly to give our endorsements to Dan Maes. My decision was made carefully and with much thought after over eight hours of intensive interviews with Dan spread over three separate meetings last November. As the legislator recently viewed by examiner.com as Colorado’s most conservative, my endorsements are only given with much thought and personal discussion with candidates.

With his strong win at the State Assembly, Dan Maes must now be the gubernatorial candidate supported by Republicans and those from other parties who desire a truly conservative candidate who can win the Governorship. November will be a critical election for limited-government advocates.

It is crucial that we understand what’s at stake in this election it is much more than just electing one person over another. Changes Colorado’s citizens are demanding will not occur should the Democrat win. Please understand the consequences on the following issues:

Redistricting of Colorado’s Political Boundaries

Following the Census every ten years, the legislature is charged with redistricting the political boundaries for Congressional and State legislative districts by putting forth bills to adjust the boundary maps for these voting districts. This is mainly done to reflect changing population numbers throughout the state and align these districts in accordance to certain set criteria. Ten years ago, the legislature (with a Republican majority in the House and a Democrat majority in the Senate) couldn’t agree to new redistricting boundaries and as such, the Colorado Supreme Court stepped in and established those boundaries based on their politicized liberal bias.

With a politicized Supreme Court majority, the decision naturally favored the Democrat maps. That could very likely happen again with a liberal governor, even though there will most-likely be a conservative Republican-controlled legislature. Even though Colorado’s Constitution clearly states that the legislature shall decide Congressional and Legislative districts, the liberal Supreme Court ignored the legislature’s constitutional authority and considered itself part of the legislature. That will most-likely happen again if the Governor vetoes redistricting maps developed by a Republican-controlled legislature and the Supreme Court adheres to “precedent.” Since third-party candidates can’t win, a vote for Tancredo will be a vote to maintain a progressive bias with respect to the state’s redistricting process for the next TEN YEARS.

Selection of Colorado Supreme Court Justices

Should Clear the Bench Colorado be successful in orchestrating the removal of three progressive members of the Colorado Supreme Court, as appears possible in the November election, the next Governor will appoint their replacements. Colorado needs justices that will interpret the constitution, not modify its meaning. These appointments will be critical and therefore must come from a governor who honors the Constitution. Since third-party spoiler candidates can’t win, a vote for Tancredo will be a vote for more progressive/liberal justices on Colorado’s Supreme Court.

Illegal Immigration

Many of Colorado’s conservative legislators have worked long and hard since 2005 to pass legislation that would deal effectively with Colorado’s fast-growing problem of illegal immigration. Numerous bills have been introduced, only to be promptly killed by a Democrat-controlled legislature.

This is a very serious and growing issue in Colorado, especially since the recent passage of Arizona’s SB1070. Many more illegal aliens are now crossing Colorado’s border from Arizona. If Colorado elects a conservative Governor, we will pass several bills that will reverse that trend; if not, the sanctuary policies that Hickenlooper instituted in Denver will lead to Colorado becoming a sanctuary state. As more and more states pass bills similar to SB1070, illegals from other states will flock to Colorado. Much is at stake.

It is terribly ironic that Tancredo, who has worked so tirelessly on the illegal immigration issue, would deliberately orchestrate a situation where strong illegal-immigration bills would be vetoed by a Democrat Governor. Dan Maes has committed to signing a bill similar or identical to AZ’s SB1070 as well as a bill that requires private employers to utilize the federal government’s E-verify system when hiring new employees.

Republicans must win the Governor’s race to halt and reverse illegal immigration in Colorado. Since a third-party candidate can’t win, a vote for Tancredo will be a vote to increase illegal immigration in Colorado.

No Roll-back of Hyper-liberal Legislation

Over the past six years, Colorado’s legislature has been co-opted by a strong radically-liberal majority. Prior to that, the last four years of the Owens’ Republican Administration was also moving in that direction. Numerous bills were passed during those years that limited personal freedom, limited, or removed personal responsibility, ignored the seriousness of illegal immigration, redistributed wealth from hard-working families to welfare recipients, instituted unconstitutional tax increases, attacked oil and gas production and pushed an all-out assault on small businesses. Additionally, several bills passed that are morally reprehensible to the majority of Coloradans. If the Colorado Legislature will have any chance of rolling back many of these bills, it will take a conservative Governor. Those who vote for Tancredo should know that third-party candidates can’t win. Thus a vote for Tancredo will keep in place those many progressive, redistribution-of-wealth bills passed in recent years.

Thwarted TeaParty Goals

The phenomenal rise of the TeaParty/912 groups has been nothing short of spectacular. Their goal has been to be heard and to return this nation to its roots. To accomplish this, they have involved themselves at every level of politics to elect conservative candidates who will listen to their concerns and restore the meaning of our constitution. “Don’t tread on me,” has been a standard cry of many. In Colorado, the Governor’s race will determine whether or not their vision will be fulfilled. Because third-party spoiler candidates can’t win, a vote for Tancredo will keep that liberal agenda moving in Colorado.

There are a few naysayers in our Party that are not wild about the nominee. That’s always the case. To them I say, it’s time to get behind the party’s nominee. That’s how the system works…or at least should work, and that’s how elections are won.

The time is NOW for all Coloradans to pull together to support the only conservative candidate that has a chance of winning. Not to do so will postpone the progress made to-date by so many patriotic Coloradans. Tancredo is pulling precious donations and support from Republicans and Independents and is relying on raising money from outside of Colorado. We cannot allow this misguided effort to succeed. Should you get a plea for funds from Tancredo, please consider redirecting them to Dan Maes for Governor.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

List of Immigration-related Resolutions Passed Overwhelmingly by Delegates to Colorado's Republican State Assembly

The following is a list of those immigration-related Resolutions passed by the Republican delegates to the State Convention follows:

21. It is resolved by Colorado Republicans that our national borders be immediately secured.

Total 3251 For 3215 Against 36 98.89%

49. It is resolved that Colorado Republicans support mandatory proof-of-citizenship when any person registers to vote in Colorado.

Total 3097 For 3059 Against 38 98.77%

25. It is resolved that Colorado Republicans oppose the concept of sanctuary cities and support legislation that would prohibit public funding to any locality that refuses to cooperate with the enforcement of immigration laws.

Total 3121 For 3071 Against 50 98.40%

28. It is resolved by Colorado Republicans that any illegal immigrant who has been convicted of any criminal offense be deported immediately upon completion of any term of incarceration.

Total 3116 For 3065 Against 51 98.36%

50. It is resolved that Colorado Republicans support a requirement that every person must present a United States, state, or local government-issued photo identification card before being allowed to vote.

Total 3077 For 3019 Against 58 98.12%

52. It is resolved that Colorado Republicans affirm that the English language be the only official language of the United States.

Total 3078 For 3015 Against 63 97.95%

26. It is resolved by Colorado Republicans that illegal immigrants should not receive any non-emergency benefits, services or privileges from federal, state or local governments.

Total 3100 For 3022 Against 78 97.48%

27. It is resolved by Colorado Republicans that employers who hire immigrants should be required to verify the prospective employee’s immigration status.

Total 3094 For 2960 Against 134 95.67%

22. It is resolved that Colorado Republicans oppose any form of amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Total 3215 For 3019 Against 196 93.90%

24. It is resolved by Colorado Republicans that a well-regulated guest worker program is important to Colorado agriculture and industry.

Total 3201 For 2999 Against 202 93.69%

23. It is resolved by Colorado Republicans that birthright citizenship not be granted to any person when neither parent is a citizen.

Total 3215 For 2927 Against 288 91.04%

Several Members of the Republican Study of Colorado take trip to Arizona to discuss AZ's SB 1070

Members of the Republican Study Committee of Colorado take seriously the immigration-related Resolutions passed overwhelmingly by the delegates to Colorado's State Republican Convention earlier this year. Their four-day trip beginning August 18th, 2010 was designed to increase awareness among legislators as to the seriousness of the illegal immigration in Arizona as well as to gain insight into Arizona's recently-passed SB1070 which instituted strong measures against the growing influx of illegal aliens to the U.S.

The increasingly negative effect of illegal immigration on Colorado's citizens is of serious concern. These negative affects are being felt in Colorado's K-12 education system, hospitals, law enforcement, judicial system, to mention a few. On 2008, the costs of illegal immigration on Colorado's taxpayers was estimated by the Federation for Immigration Reform, to be at least $1.1 billion, costing the average native-born household $612/yr.

Colorado's legislators are gaining valuable insight on the issues surrounding AZ's bill. Two legislators plan to introduce a nearly identical bill in Colorado's upcoming legislative session scheduled to begin January 13, 2011. Representative Lambert, who will be elected as Senator of Colorado Springs' Senate District 9 on November 2nd., plans to introduce this bill in the Senate. Rep. Randy Baumgardner has indicated he will introduce such a bill in the House of Representatives.

Furthermore, I expect other illegal-immigration bills to be introduced next year, including:

  • Requirement for non-government employers to determine legal work status through the federal government's e-verify system. A similar bill has been introduced by me annually for the past five years. (State agencies already adhere to this practice)
  • Proof of citizenship to register to vote
  • Requirement to produce ID to vote
  • Requirement for K-12 Schools to identify numbers of students in the U.S. illegally
  • Requirement to compare Colorado's death certificates to the list of recipients receiving Medicaid

Dan Maes, candidate for Governor has indicated he will sign an AZ SB1070 bill as well as an e-verify bill should they reach his desk.