Tom Tancredo, Illegal Immigrant

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Hard to top the Colorado governor's race if you like outrageous buffoonery. To recap: The GOP favorite, Scott McInnis, self-combusted in a plagiarism scandal and lost the primary to the Tea Party candidate, Dan Maes, who thinks bike-sharing programs are a devious UN plot, and who is so batty that his own party tried to force him out of the race, as did Tom Tancredo, known to one and all as the hardest-core anti-immigration guy on earth, and who himself entered the race as a third-party candidate when Maes wouldn't drop out. Got it?

Okay. Well, Maes is pissed and he's not taking it any more. So he's launched a priceless attack on Tancredo that achieves the considerable feat of upping the wackiness of this race still further: Today, he called Tom Tancredo "an illegal immigrant." From the Denver Daily News:

MAES CALLS TANCREDO AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT: Republican Dan Maes yesterday called anti-illegal immigration activist and third-party candidate Tom Tancredo an illegal immigrant, saying he snuck into the gubernatorial race. "I went through the system. We've got an illegal immigrant in the system right now, and it's a minor party candidate who didn't go through the system and he went in the side door at the last minute and he's trying to take a job away from someone who earned it," said Maes of Tancredo on the Caplis and Silverman Show yesterday. Tancredo abandoned the Republican Party to run as an American Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate because he did not believe Maes was electable. A court found that Tancredo could run as an American Constitution Party candidate.

Maes deserves some sort of special recognition for that one. A plaque, maybe, or a funny hat.

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Joshua Green is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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