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Tancredo ditches Moran, endorses Tiahrt

Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo withdrew his endorsement of Jerry Moran today in a somewhat scathing letter, choosing Todd Tiahrt as his preferred candidate.

Tancredo’s letter states:

Dear Kansan,

In February of this year I endorsed Congressman Jerry Moran for the United States Senate.

I came to this difficult conclusion after receiving untrue and incomplete information from the Moran for Senate campaign and Congressman Moran himself.

After independent research, I have learned disturbing information about Congressman Moran’s support of amnesty and benefits for illegal immigrants.

He voted against my amendment to defund sanctuary cities, essentially granting amnesty to all illegal immigrants in each of those cities.

Congressman Moran also voted with Nancy Pelosi to remove citizenship verification for illegal immigrants to receive welfare benefits.

Then he raised your taxes to pay for those health care benefits.

Congressman Moran even opposed money to secure our borders and build the fence.

In addition to hiding his own record, Congressman Moran distorted and maligned Congressman Todd Tiahrt’s record on illegal immigration. Congressman Tiahrt has been innovative in his approach to sealing the borders, written legislation to close loopholes so you and I don’t pay for benefits to illegal immigrants, and led the charge to keep tough immigration laws at the forefront of the debate in Congress when so many others are letting President Obama take the lead.

Because I care about the burden illegal immigration places on this country, I am withdrawing my endorsement of Congressman Moran and proudly endorsing Congressman Todd Tiahrt.

If you care about the damage illegal immigration does to our society, I hope you can join me in supporting and voting for Congressman Todd Tiahrt.

Congressman Tom Tancredo

This is pretty bad timing, considering Moran has been doing his level best to savage Tiahrt over the immigration issue. Even worse timing is a memo the Moran campaign sent out just a few hours earlier lauding Tancredo’s support.

The memo from Moran Communications Director Dan Conston, dated today said

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo is widely established as one of America’s anti-illegal immigration leaders. In 2008, Tancredo ran for President, basing his campaign largely on the issue of illegal immigration. Knowing both candidates and their respective records, Tancredo endorsed Jerry Moran over Tiahrt in this Senate race.

In his endorsement, Tancredo said this: “In Congress, Jerry has a proven record of opposing amnesty for illegal aliens and open borders. Moreover, he has been consistent in opposing incentives for illegal immigration. For those wanting a principled U.S. Senator who’s committed to fighting for secure borders and against illegal immigration, you can count on Jerry Moran. I offer him my full support.”

The memo went out at 11:15 a.m. The endorsement of Tiahrt came out at 2:29 p.m.

Ouch.

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Discussion

14 thoughts on “Tancredo ditches Moran, endorses Tiahrt

  1. Good find! Go Tiahrt!

    Posted by emmyjo | July 13, 2010, 3:00 pm
  2. One of the telling things in this campaign is that the more you know about Todd, the more you want to support him and the more you know about Jerry, you realize you’re on the wrong horse.

    Posted by altevogt | July 13, 2010, 3:26 pm
  3. If it walks like a duck…

    A few weeks ago I commented that a political campaign is long, expensive and very arduous. The good is that it many times will show the true character of the candidates. For some time I have used the metaphor of Todd Tiahrt as the strong oak tree standing on our windy prairie resisting the swirling tempests that surrounds our politicos in Washington D.C. I also likened Jerry Moran to a reed that bends and twists with the wind to further his own ambitions.

    I did a little a little checking…My friends, do you not see what others, who have worked closely with both men have seen?

    Jim Ryun (former Kansas Congressman)…”I served with both candidates currently running for the U.S. Senate. If you were in a difficult situation and needed help the choice would be clear – you would want Todd Tiahrt standing with you.”

    …swims like a duck…

    Dennis Hastert (former speaker of the House)…”Todd is a man of his word…Todd does not run and hide when faced with difficult decisions.” (paraphrase) Jerry Moran was a difficult man to work with.

    Unnamed state Senator…A few weeks ago I recalled a conversation I had with a state Senator in Topeka who related to me…(I paraphrase) “I served with both men while they were in the Senate. You always knew where Todd stood and that he would back you. Jerry, on the other hand, always was the last to arrive and the first to leave; always testing the wind.”

    …quacks like a duck…

    Carl Rove (former Presidential advisor)…(Jerry Moran) “It was all about him.” (Todd Tiahrt) “At least you know where he is coming from.” (Todd) is principled “not compliant.”
    “With Moran, its like, ‘What is his game?”

    Tom Tancredo (former Colorado Congressman)…”In February of this year I endorsed Congressman Jerry Moran for the United States Senate. After independent research I have learned disturbing information about Congressman Moran’s suport of amnesty benefits for illegal immigrants. …after receiving untrue and imcomplete information from the Moran for Senate campaign and Congressman Moran himself. Iam withdrawing my endorsement of Congressman Moran and proudly endorsing Todd Tiahrt.”

    Folks, you and I do not work for or with Mr. Tiahrt or Mr. Moran but the above people, I quoted and paraphrased, did. Do you not see an oak tree and a reed in the wind? They do; they know these men.

    Mr. Moran your tail feathers are showing.

    Posted by jdn1947 | July 14, 2010, 6:42 am
  4. I wonder a couple things- first, who bothers to give out an endorsement and then can be “swayed” after the fact? That seems bizarre. How could someone give out a strong endorsement and then claim not to have all the facts? I think this looks bad on Tancredo.

    Second, “Congressman Tiahrt has been innovative in his approach” with endorsements… why is he spending his engery on endorsements from people outside the state instead of focusing on Kansas?

    I’m impressed that Jerry has wide support from local elected officals, veterans and all sorts of other groups of people who ACTUALLY know these guys and have chosen Moran. People in politics with agendas are so very different than the people who are being represented.

    Posted by kansas4ever | July 14, 2010, 10:44 am
  5. I said earlier that these endorsements should not hold much water, because I don’t believe these people really get very involved in who they’re choosing. It’s more a matter of which campaign committee does a better presentation.
    Anyway, Tom Tancredo? I didn’t even know he ran for President. Some congressman from Colorado endorses someone in Kansas and we’re supposed to care? Seriously?
    I can really see a bunch of Kansans flocking to Tiahrt because of this… not.
    Don’t pat yourselves on the back too much.

    Posted by backroadsnewsroom | July 14, 2010, 12:30 pm
  6. I’m sorry, but the attempt to belittle Tiaht’s endorsements is not only truly pathetic, it demonstrates the ignorance of those who clearly have no idea who these people are and just how far they’ll go to try to mislead people.

    Moran was running around bragging about how his credentials as a conservative on the immigration issue are better than Tiahrt’s. Tom Tancredo is THE leader on this issue and after examining bot candidates dumped Moran and embraced Tiahrt. That is huge and the attempt to demean and belittle it is simply an attempt to blatantly deceive people and lie to them.

    Back road said reminds us that he’s been down this road before and yes he has, and he was demonstrated to be narrow minded and deceitful then. The people endorsing Tiahrt are people with national and international reputations who are putting these issues and principles above self interest and they have chosen Tiahrt. To compare some local pol hoping for a handout to men of the stature of Dr. James Dobson, or a Tom Tancredo (and trust me, Moran was shouting from the highest point in Kansas about the Tancredo endorsement before he got dumped) is simply ludicrous. It amounts to an appeal to narrow minded jealousy the only ones really being demeaned are the liars who are trying to deceive the people of western Kansas.

    Perhaps if Moran offers the town drunk a bottle of whiskey he’ll be able to get an endorsement or two of his own. Then you guys can run around telling us how important those are because they’re Kansans. Whoopee. “Never mind Sarah Palin, Tom Tancredo and Dr. Dobson, we got the town drunk and he’s a local boy.” Disgusting.

    Posted by altevogt | July 14, 2010, 8:05 pm
  7. Okay, well now it makes sense.
    Your advice is to exchange whiskey for endorsements.
    No wonder some of these people have endorsed Tiahrt.

    Posted by backroadsnewsroom | July 14, 2010, 8:24 pm
  8. Once again you respond to substance with silliness. So now you’re claiming that Dr. Dobson would take whiskey for an endorsement? You’re worse than a liar, you’re a fool.

    Posted by altevogt | July 14, 2010, 8:37 pm
  9. You’re the one that suggested whiskey. Or were you just suggesting that Tiahrt thinks Kansans were stupid enough to be swayed purely by alcoholic bribes?
    What I’m saying is, if we are to get politics back to some sort of representative status, we need to consider the issues and how they affect Kansans and what we think about them as Kansans. We don’t need to be flying the flag of out-of-state endorsements that do not matter to Kansans.
    Again, and I’ll say this with any Moran endorsements too. Who cares what out-of-staters think?!

    Posted by backroadsnewsroom | July 14, 2010, 10:29 pm
  10. If you have to take my comments out of context to make sense of what you’re trying to make people believe, you already lost. And it’s easy to dismiss Tiahrt’s lengthy list of quality endorsers, many like Tancredo, Dobson and Rove are very picky, when Moran has none. Again your appeal to some narrow minded Babbitt like mentality speaks volumes about the lack of quality in your candidate.

    Posted by altevogt | July 14, 2010, 10:41 pm
  11. Out of context?
    Tiahrt’s campaign has NEVER done that…
    Seriously. You need to chill out. Political blog comment sections are supposed to be a little fun. They’ll have pretty much no impact on the races, they’re just a location for supporters to spar for their candidate and see who can throw better zingers. Do you really think any of this will sway votes?
    I enjoy this blog because it acts as a great central location for all of the political news. The staff is doing a wonderful job. But lets not fool ourselves into thinking we as comment section trollers are having any impact on the race. The editorial opinions of the staff? Sure. Anonymous commentators? No.

    Posted by backroadsnewsroom | July 14, 2010, 10:51 pm
  12. Have all the fun you want. But when you start trying to deceive people, sorry, that’s not fun and I’ll call you on it any time I see it.

    Posted by altevogt | July 14, 2010, 11:13 pm
  13. I wish there was an emoticon for rolling eyes.

    Posted by backroadsnewsroom | July 14, 2010, 11:23 pm

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