Lamborn (R) Switches Support From Maes to Tancredo


Republican Congressmen Doug Lamborn announced Thursday that he's switched his support in the campaign for Governor from fellow GOP Dan Maes, to American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo.

Lamborn and Tancredo held a joint news conference Thursday afternoon in Colorado Springs.

“I call on my fellow conservatives and Republicans in El Paso County, in the Fifth Congressional District, and across the state and urge them to join me in supporting Tom Tancredo for governor,” said Lamborn. “Tom’s dedication to the people of Colorado, to their future prosperity, and to the cause of freedom is without question.”

Lamborn's support for an American Constitution Party candidate, instead of the candidate for his own Republican party, comes as many GOPs pressure Maes to drop out of the race. Maes has been in the headlines lately for more than just his politics, including questioning about the management of his campaign funds. Tancredo, a former Republican, has asked Maes to stop out of the race several times since the Primaries, but Maes insists, he's not going anywhere.

“These are extraordinary times and they call for extraordinary measures,” added Lamborn. “I don’t expect ever again to ask anyone to support a candidate outside my party, but this is a unique situation. That is why I am asking the people of Colorado to help me elect Tom Tancredo as Colorado's next governor.”

“I’m honored to have Doug Lamborn’s endorsement,” said Tancredo. “We’re in a dead heat with the liberal tax-and-spend John Hickenlooper, and Lamborn’s support in El Paso County will help us cross the finish line ahead of Hickenlooper.”

There's been no public word from Maes' campaign about Lamborn's out-of-party endorsement.

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  • by Donna Location: Colorado Springs on Oct 23, 2010 at 03:34 PM
    The fact that Doug Lamborn would switch to Tancredo is not a big surprise. Tancredo is still a conservative matter what party he is affiliated with.The Republicans in Colorado are so terrified of losing to Hickenlooper, that they would side with the devil himself! To quote Sharron Angle Mr. up! You know in your heart that Tancredo becoming Governor would be disastrous for Colorado, but you are so totally Republican party line that you would hurt the state just to get your man elected!
  • by Bob Location: Colorado Springs on Oct 23, 2010 at 06:52 AM
    Conservative candidate Maes wins in the Republican primary. Tancredo vows to take away his votes in the general election. Tancredo divides the party. Lamborn takes up with Tancredo and also has his votes divided. Hickenlooper is handed the victory by Tancredo.
  • by Payin2Much on Oct 22, 2010 at 08:05 AM
    The answer to your question Martinez, is because the people of Colorado are now wise to the wolves in sheep's clothing. The only thing worse than a tax and spend liberal is a tax and spend Republican. I think the Republican party was in serious need of a different candidate but unfortunately it is too late. Tancredo is the true conservative. Vote yes on 60, 61 and 101!
  • by Al Location: Colorado Springs on Oct 22, 2010 at 12:00 AM
    Tom Tancredo all the way!!!
  • by Anti-Illegal on Oct 21, 2010 at 06:55 PM
    Go Tom hope you win so we can get all these leaches out of the state.
  • by Martinez Location: Southside on Oct 21, 2010 at 04:46 PM
    So how is it more Republican to vote for a non-republican candidate? Especially someone with a reputation like Tancredos? Keep it up, you will only kill your own party. If Maes doesnt get 10% of the vote, there will no longer be a Republican Party in Colorado
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