DENVER - Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, known for his strong stances on immigration, formally announced plans to run for governor on Peter Boyle's conservative talk radio show Thursday.
“This Dunlap thing is the last straw,” said Tancredo in a message.
Tancredo, a Republican, referred to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s decision on Wednesday to grant a temporary reprieve on the execution of death row inmate Nathan Dunlap. Dunlap was convicted of killing four people at an Aurora Chuck E. Cheese in 1993.
Several Republicans castigated Hickenlooper on Wednesday for the move that halts Dunlap’s date with death that was scheduled for August.
Tancredo last week indicated he is strongly considering a run for governor in 2014. As of Wednesday night, Tancredo had not filed the necessary paperwork with the secretary of state’s office.
The latest gubernatorial candidate to officially file his paperwork with the secretary of state is Republican Steve Laffey -- a former Rhode Island mayor who moved his family to Fort Collins in the spring of 2010.
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.
Some political analysts have said that Tancredo’s stances against immigration reform would run counter to the Republican party -- both locally and nationally -- as it attempts to court more Latino voters here in the West.
Other notable names who have indicated they will make a run for governor in 2014 are Secretary of State Scott Gessler and Sen. Greg Brophy of Wray.
“No doubt, Gessler is frustrated with the state’s current leadership and he’s evaluating how best he can serve the people of Colorado,” Gessler’s political director said in an e-mail last week.