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:
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.