Jul 27, 2010 9:39 PM by John Romero

Tancredo answers critics

The path has been cleared for former republican congressman Tom Tancredo to head the American Constitution Party, as candidate for governor. Benjamin Goss resigned his candidacy on Tuesday morning, paving the way for Tancredo, who submitted the proper paperwork Tuesday. "This is it! It's all I can do!" he told News First 5 outside of the Secretary of State's office in Downtown Denver.

Tancredo says he felt he had no choice but to put his name in the race when both Republican candidates Dan Maes and Scott McInnis refused to step down. "Well, it was a pretty simple decision after you see what's happening to the Republican candidates who are on the ballot." Tancredo explains,"They're imploding."

Tancredo's decision doesn't sit well with the Colorado Republican Party. Today they released a statement that reads in part... "When one considers Tom Tancredo broke his term limits pledge as a ten-year member of Congress, it is not a surprise today he began his fifth decade of running for public office...Tancredo pledged to serve only three terms when he was elected to Congress in 1998 but he broke that pledge and served a total of five terms. He was paid more than $1.5 million by the taxpayers during that ten-year period."

Many Republicans have also said Tancredo's decision to run has handed the election to Democrat John Hickenlooper. Tancredo says not so fast. "My hope is not to give this seat to John Hickenlooper. I do not want to do that. If I believed that my entrance into this race does that, I'd say forget about it." he says, "But you know what? This is a brand new year in politics. It's a brand new game."



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