The Denver PostTom Tancredo, throughout his 2014 gubernatorial run, with supporters at Gunsmoke gun store in Wheat Ridge. Tancredo determined final week to not run for governor in 2018.I simply obtained off the cellphone with my buddy, Tom Tancredo. Oh, I don’t know him in addition to a lot of you do, however after I hung up a wave of unhappiness went by means of my bones. The occasions they-are-a-changing, and as they modify you will need to level out for posterity the reality about probably the most lasting and enduring figures in Colorado politics.
In Tancredo’s case, there is no such thing as a one in politics (and I’ve met loads of them) which are so vastly totally different in particular person than what the media has made them out to be. Simply lookup the articles about Tancredo, and skim how they name him a racist, anti-Hispanic, harmful, a hothead, all within the try and make him unacceptable. Oh, and never simply progressives. No, the institution Republicans couldn’t stand him both sabotaging his governor’s marketing campaign in 2014 and looking out ahead to doing it once more this yr.
Our first actual time collectively was in early June 2013. A Denver bar was simply the place for 2 raised-Catholic, born-again Christian, teetotalers to share a bottle of ginger-ale. What an ideal and mild man he was. We shared private tales and hung out looking for methods to assist each other. A former Congressman with no airs of his successes, slightly only a actual concern for his fellowman.
There was a Tancredo hater sitting subsequent to us and he stored interrupting, clearly attempting to trigger a scene — an apparent non-teetotaler. In contrast to what the press would have favored to have written, Tancredo by no means responded and simply moved us and our bottle, over to the restaurant space the place we may end our dialog, laughing about “how individuals might be.”
At one level I stated I needed to go to offer a speech. Tancredo stated he needed to go and provides one additionally. It turned out we had been giving speeches on the identical occasion. Laughing, we hurried to our vehicles, and once we obtained there, Tancredo truly lower down his talking time to introduce me to the group. A form and thoughtful man.
Like an Outdated Testomony prophet, Tancredo has been preaching and warning of what can occur when this nice nation ignores the rule of regulation. And very like the individuals of that point, they’re ignoring his message as this nice republic begins to slide out of our palms.
But, he has all the time been simply the alternative of how the press has described him. You’d assume in the event you turned on a radio present there can be a screaming, hair-on-fire Tom Tancredo, however, merely put, that Tom Tancredo doesn’t exist. Simply take heed to the tapes and watch him on TV. I’ve. At all times courteous, an ideal humorousness and simply the reality as he sees it.
It’s not him, I defined on the cellphone just a few hours after he determined to finish his quest for governor. It’s the occasions we reside in. It’s not time in Colorado for a plain-spoken man who truly solutions questions immediately. No, it seems just like the individuals need their model of Baal and they also can have it.
Steve Laffey, of Fort Collins, is the previous president and chief working officer of Morgan Keegan Inc. and mayor of Cranston, R.I.