>Tom Tancredo, former Colorado representative and poster child for nativist zeal, has announced that he plans to split Republican votes in the Colorado governor's race by running on a third-party ticket. Last week, Tancredo issued a well-publicized threat to Republican contenders Scot McInnis and Dan Maes, saying that unless they promised to drop out of the race by Aug. 10 if polls favored Democratic frontrunner John Hickenlooper, Tancredo would file his own candidacy. This morning, he told the Denver Post that he would run as a member of the American Constitution Party.
What's unique about Tancredo's bid is neither his one-issue stance (on immigration) nor his dramatic shift to a third party -- it's his intent to hand the governorship to the Democrats because of his dissatisfaction with the Republican options. True, these options leave something to be desired: Scott McInnis is battling plagiarism allegations and Dan Maes has been fined for reimbursing himself $44,837 for a year's worth of mileage costs. But Tancredo is well aware that if he enters the race, siphoning votes from McInnis and Maes, Colorado voters will most likely elect Hickenlooper, whose immigration platform is nowhere near as radical as Tancredo would like (Hickenlooper called the Arizona law "troubling").