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November 01, 2017 05:07 PM UTC

Tancredo Shakes Up Brauchler in GOP Gubernatorial Race

  • by: Colorado Pols
Tom Tancredo

Former Congressman Tom Tancredo is kicking off his 2018 gubernatorial campaign today with a string of events around the state, and his very presence is already shaking up the rest of the Republican field.

As Ernest Luning reports this afternoon for the publication formerly known as the Colorado StatesmanGeorge Brauchler is making some significant — and perhaps unavoidable — changes to his gubernatorial campaign:

Republican gubernatorial candidate George Brauchler will be going without a campaign manager until next year, his campaign spokesman told Colorado Politics Wednesday. [Pols emphasis]

Veteran GOP consultant Ryan Lynch, who had been managing Brauchler’s campaign since its launch at the beginning of April, left the campaign this week for unspecified opportunities, and the campaign doesn’t plan to replace him before the end of the year.

“We have a very strong and experienced leadership team, and we will fill the campaign manager spot in 2018,” Brauchler spokesman Jack Cutter said, pointing to the campaign’s advisory team, including some of the state’s leading political operatives.

The campaign shake-up comes at the same time as former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo’s long-anticipated entry into the crowded Republican gubernatorial primary. Cutter said the two events aren’t related.

If I keep smiling like this, maybe people will think I still have a chance.

Yeah, right; it’s just a mind-boggling coincidence that Brauchler is doing this on the same day that Tancredo started sucking all of the oxygen out of his campaign. If these two events truly aren’t related, then the news is almost worse for Brauchler; it would mean that his campaign is so inept that they didn’t understand that everyone else would make the connection with Tancredo’s candidacy.

The reality is that it is absolutely “sad trombone” time for Brauchler, who apparently can no longer even afford to maintain a campaign manager on staff. This isn’t a huge surprise given Brauchler’s abysmal fundraising performances in 2017. Take a look at what we wrote after Brauchler reported raising just $98,000 in Q3:

This isn’t about whether or not Brauchler will have enough money to pay for an effective advertising campaign — at this rate, Brauchler is barely going to have enough money to run a functional campaign at all. Brauchler’s campaign needs to be staffing up by the end of this quarter and opening offices around the state if he is going to have the organization to succeed at the GOP state convention, and it’s difficult to see from here how he might be able to pull that together.

Brauchler doesn’t need to be the top fundraiser among Republican candidates. He does, however, need to raise enough money to run a semi-functional campaign. Brauchler literally cannot even afford to have a campaign manager at this point. Money begets money in high-profile campaigns; it’s only going to get harder for Brauchler to raise money when he has to explain to donors that he needs a check to pay for the Internet access in his campaign office.

Brauchler was already taking fire from other Republicans about continuing to serve as District Attorney while running for Governor. With his fundraising problems and reliance on grassroots support, Brauchler was absolutely the Republican candidate who had the most to lose if Tancredo jumped in the race.

The writing on the wall is hard to miss now: During Tancredo’s first kick-off event in Colorado Springs, the Tanc went out of his way to praise the Arapahoe County District Attorney. We’ve seen this tactic many times before — heap praise on an opponent in hopes that you can pick up their endorsement after they inevitably drop out of the race. Consider this quote from Tancredo’s Colorado Springs event earlier today:

“Winning the primary, I think I have a really good chance of that – I think that’s a done deal almost.”

This is more than just the typical bluster from a new candidate. Tancredo has seen at least one poll on the Republican Primary, which showed him with a significant lead over any other Republican in the field. Should Tancredo get financial support from Steve Bannon’s network, and potentially the backing of President Trump himself, it’s not hard to envision a scenario in which the Tanc shuts out all but one or two other GOP candidates. Someone like Walker Stapleton has the establishment support to hang in there with Tancredo through the June Primary; Brauchler most certainly does not.

Brauchler’s gubernatorial campaign is in full panic mode now. In fact, he’s nearing the point where he announces Carly Fiorina as his running mate.

Sad trombone, indeed.


10 thoughts on “Tancredo Shakes Up Brauchler in GOP Gubernatorial Race

        1. Ten minutes after Broccoli drops out, FluffyNutlid will announce he's 100% with Tanc!

          Cynthia Coffman has got to be rethinking her lack of fundraising for a rerun for AG, since the Governor's race seems a bit out of reach now.

  1. Littwin: Tancredo is a sure thing (but not in the way he thinks)

    Bannon keeps trying to make fascism normal. To normalize fascism, overtly racist candidates (like Tancredo) must be elected. That's all this is about. In 2012, Tancredo spoke to the Conservative Forum against legal immigration. He said

    Immigration without assimilation is deadly for America.

    There are hours of video of Tancredo railing against immigrants: Mexican, Muslim, and any other immigrants.

    We as Dems must make sure we have clearly articulated alternatives to offer, and we need to defend the vote for everyone.

    1. "…Dems must make sure we have clearly articulated .."

      Well, that sounds like one of those good ideas. But when did it happen last?
      I will check my notes, but I think it was not a well known, well defined lefty.  

      The D's love to hate on the moderate D, the less Liberal. The not D enough. But I don't think that's the kind of clarity you mean, right?

      Party Unity My –s. Sure- there was real clarity in Colorado 

      Who ever heard of this guy? and why does he get to be Senator?  Someon else is more deserving.

      Romney sux.  That was it.

      Whodall? Can't lose.

      Secretary Clinton did not win the Caucus. But she won anyway. (we know now she was running the DNC – but Senator Sanders was not really a D so , you know.)

      Trump sux.

      Clearly articulate this – the Democratic party is weak, misinformed about why they win or lose, and lacking leadership.  No one cares it's because the inferior fake D voters who won't follow when they should – nor should they.   
      Get up, Stand up, Stand up for your rights.

      we can’t even beat right to work here.

      Governor Tancredo.  

      President Trump is gonna come here and kiss the guy. Bannon too. COffman is going to lend him some faces of color – I remember those tv spots – it was a year ago.

      Oh but we got so many great Ds running.  whoops – that doesn't matter


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