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Tancredo pledges to Colorado voters in Contract with Colorado

Colorado gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo
Colorado gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo
Courtesy of Tancredo for Governor

Former Congressman Tom Tancredo, who has stirred up Colorado politics with his departure from the Republican Party and into the gubernatorial race, has published his pledge to Colorado voters on his campaign website. Called the Contract with Colorado, Tancredo states he will uphold the contract if elected in the November elections. "The contract with Colorado was written for the purpose of restoring faith in the system. People need to know that there are people who run for office for reasons other than to simply BE in office," stated Tancredo. "The contract is the reason I am running, not just a list of platitudes. Nor is it, as Dan Maes called it, ‘toilet paper.'"

Here is the full text of the contract:

1. I will veto any bill and oppose any referendum or initiative that seeks to increase state taxes, or temporarily or permanently relax any spending cap or Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) limit.

2. I will rescind the executive order unionizing state government, institute a meaningful hiring freeze, reduce the number of state employees by 2012, and reduce the amount of state expenditures associated with politically appointed positions, including the Governor's Office.

3. I will conduct a review of state departments, agencies, boards and commissions and seek to consolidate and eliminate them where appropriate.

4. I will veto, or refer to the public for a vote, any significant fee increase.

5. I will support legislation (modeled on the 2007 Arizona statute) requiring all private employers to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires through mandatory participation in the federal e-verify program.

6. I will work to reverse the massive increase in property taxes brought about by Governor Ritter's mill levy freeze, and the car tax imposed by SB 09-108

7. I will issue an executive order directing the Department of Local Affairs to thoroughly audit compliance with SB 06-90, and will order DOLA to deny state grants to any "sanctuary city" or any "sanctuary county."

8. I will veto any legislation that would curtail the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, and strenuously oppose any federal legislation or international treaty that may curtail that right.

9. I will support legislation, and revisions to state rules, that will promote the responsible development of all sources of energy, including wind, solar hydroelectric, oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear power.
10. I will support and promote efforts to expand school choice through additional charter schools and education vouchers.

11. I will oppose any federal stimulus bill that grows the federal deficit.

12. I will oppose any effort that seeks to roll back tort reforms.

13. I will oppose federal encroachments on states' rights protected by the Tenth Amendment.

14. I will reinstate the Owens era ban on Taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide abortions, and I will support and defend the sanctity of human life.

15. I will support the establishment of a reserve "rainy day fund."

16. I will support the enactment of mandatory minimum prison sentences for child sex predators on the first offense.

17. I will appoint conservative judges who respect the Constitution and try to interpret laws, not make them.

18. I will support legislation designed to reduce the impact of the Business Personal Property Tax.

19. I will appoint reform-minded conservatives and new leaders who will bring a fresh perspective to state government.

20. I will support efforts to reinstate a meaningful limit on state spending.



  • Willy Nilly 4 years ago

    Tom needs to drop out. He had no business getting into the race to begin with, He had the opportunity to run for Governor in the beginning and declined. Instead he decided he knew better than "the people" and is going to the single cause for Hickenlooper becoming Governor! The polls show that with Tancredo out of the picture Dan and Hick are neck and neck, but does Tancredo care about that??? NO. By entering and remaining in the race he is essentially telling all of us that all the time we put in, the hard work we did, the education we got and the participation we put into the caucus and assemblies means nothing. It is a slap in the face to all of us and the system. We should ignore his campaign and Tom himself. Act as if he doesn't exist, or accept the fact the we will have Hick as Governor. Any vote for Tancredo is a vote for Hick!!!!! That happens......kiss our State goodbye!

  • NotSoros 4 years ago

    Seriously, a 20,000 undervote for the GOP Governor in the primary. Many voters believe both of the GOP candidates for governor were unworthy of even a vote.

    Maes and McInnis were both bad news and Maes has nearly imploded over and over from complaints that he would get name ID if he only had endorsements, to borrowing money from past supporters to pay his mortgage.


    Maes should get out because he can't create or even run a business, he has no executive experience, he can't even balance his own checkbook. Dan does give great speeches though (not as good as Tancredo), we already have a "dear leader" who gives good speeches and delivers nothing. His name is Obama.

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    Please, Maes supporters, please tell me ONE positive thing about this man. ONE besides having an R behind his name. There aren't any, except that he's one great sales guy.

    1. Oh, his "executive" experience. What exactly IS his executive experience? A failed business? Running a small credit agency with a handful of employees for a couple years. That's it, folks. That's his executive experience.

    2. Making $11,000 a year? That is one successful businessman! I want him in charge of my state! Oh, you say the rest were write offs? Let us see those write offs. Oh, he's not transparent with his returns because he either only made $11,000 or he illegally wrote off everything.

    3. His conservative stance? Tambor Williams is no conservative. His viewpoints on anything, until he's corrected, are not conservative. He says what you want him to say.

    4. His in depth knowledge on the issues?

    Again, one positive comment please. One. Having an "R" behind his name does not count.

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