Tancredo, Foster–Anybody But Brophy?

Kurtis Lee of the Denver Post reports today that former Congressman and 2010 third-party gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo is considering a rematch run for Governor against incumbent Democrat John Hickenlooper:

Contacted Wednesday by The Denver Post, Tancredo said he has not made a final decision on whether to run.

In 2010, Tancredo ran in a tumultuous gubernatorial contest as a third-party candidate, netting more than 35 percent of the vote in a lopsided Democratic victory by then Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. Republican candidate Dan Maes received 11 percent of the vote.

Tancredo has since switched his party affiliation back to Republican.

A more interesting prospective GOP candidate for 2014 that we've been hearing about in the last few days is Tim Foster, who currently serves as the President of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Foster was Colorado House Majority Leader in the 1990s, and was appointed to CMU under former GOP Gov. Bill Owens in 2004. As we've reported in this space previously, Foster has at least to some extent operated CMU as a rotating employment service for Republican operatives and their families.

Bottom line: we don't think Tancredo has a shred of viability for a run in 2014. Foster would certainly do better than Tancredo, but a run against the popular Gov. John Hickenlooper–for an undeluded politician, that is–would be more about raising one's name ID for another run for office down the road than actually hoping to win in 2014. And we could see that as a legitimate long-term incentive for Foster to run.

Above all, the uptick in rumors about Republican gubernatorial candidates not named Sen. Greg Brophy, widely reported to be considering a run for Governor, is bad for Brophy. We consider the prospect of a Brophy run for Governor to mostly be wonderful news for  Hickenlooper–and for the sake of downticket 2014 races, perhaps Republicans realize that a different candidate from the gaffe-prone and immoderate Brophy is needed.

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  1. Konola says:

    Geez, I don't know where to place my hopes! Maybe Tim Foster as Governor would be a good thing for CMU, they might start acting like a real university. Brophy V. Hickenlooper would keep Hickenlooper in office, but I'd personally like to see him primaried by a real Democrat. Tancredo as Governor? That might be interesting–not good, but interesting. I can hardly wait for the next rumor–this is better than any soap opera.

    • ArapaGOPArapaGOP says:

      If I'm not mistaken you live in Junction. I agree that Tim Foster would be great and can win.

      • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

        I agree that Tim Foster would be great and can win.

        I read the same post you did Arapa-twit, and I'm pretty sure my dear friend Konola didn't say that. She said it would be a good thing for CMU (Mesa State College, actually) and I agree that Tim would be able to funnel even more money into the pockets of his buddies over at Shaw Construction…something at which he is very adept. 

        You see, Arapa-dolt, Mesa State College is a university in name only. Foster changed the name for publicity reasons but forgot that doctorate programs, research facilities and other highbrow shit you (and he) could could give a fuck less about, are what make a learning institution a REAL university. Not just more and bigger buildings. He got the idea I am told because most of the many new buildings there are constructed with cinder blocks, also known to many as concrete blocks…but their real name is Concrete Masonry Units.  

      • Curmudgeon says:

        Tim Foster can't win. Sure, he's enough of a dullard to be non-threatening to a GOP voter, but his influence would be limited to the slack-jawed straight party-line voters on the Western Slope.  He'd have nothing to offer the Eastern Slope GOP except our water, and they already get plenty of that (Thanks, Josh!). 

        True story: I was at a friend's graduation ceremony several years ago, and Timmy introduced a speaker, who happened to be a Professor Emeritus, as "Professor Em-er-EYE-tus".  Good times. 

      • ClubTwitty says:

        Landslide.  Like Ken Buck all over again.  When will you liberals learn?  

  2. ArapaGOPArapaGOP says:

    Tim would make an excellent candidate, and I wouldn't be so sure that Hickenlooper is popular enough to survive him. Tim's a moderate problem solver who reaches across the aisle: what Hick promised but didn't deliver.

    There will be no cakewalks next year, that I promise you.

  3. Gray in Mountains says:

    I hope Tancredo &/or Szabo &/or Brophy are in it. What entertainment

    • BlueCatBlueCat says:

      Yeah, Tancredo will be Governor shortly after my coronation as Queen of Never Never Land.

      • Progressive Promoter says:

        Getting the Orville Redenbacher out now! 

        Although it seems a little wrong to feel so much joy at such an epic meltdown – like that feeling that you shouldn't look at a car accident as you drive by it on the highway but you do it anyway. 

        Can't help it!

  4. Serenitynow says:

    The Colorado GOP's self-immolation continues.

  5. realist says:

    I suspect that Tim Foster has better things to do.  Colorado Pols should call him to get his take.  If Tancredo is the nominee next year, the Governor must have the best collection of pictures since Ansel Adams originals.

  6. Gray in Mountains says:

    Tancredo has probably been getting lonely. Wanted some attention and invitations to Lincoln Day banquets

    • BlueCatBlueCat says:

      He keeps having to renew his 15 minutes in search of speaking fees. Remember he was already 3 day old fish back when fast fading Palin was at the apex of her career. His only marketable skill is being a fringe, white supremacist, Dixie singing nutcase hero and the competition for that gets tougher all the time.

  7. Half Glass FullHalf Glass Full says:

    Tancredo for Governor and Libby Szabo as his running mate. Good times, good times!

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