Tom Tancredo, the former Congressman and 2010 American Constitution Party gubernatorial nominee, is calling on his fellow Republican rivals to sign a “Republican peace agreement” for the 2014 Republican primary for Governor.
Tancredo, who first took office in Congress by winning a crowded GOP primary, says that Republicans have lost big elections due to “often vicious primary election races that leave the winner too damaged to go on and defeat the Democrat in the general election.”
His solution is to have all his primary rivals sign an agreement that states they won’t “speak ill of any fellow law-abiding Republicans” and not agree to any “divisive debates” that don’t include Governor Hickenlooper.
We’re not sure if he means Republicans shouldn’t have any debates without Hickenlooper (who likely won’t agree to join anyone before the primary is over), or just avoid “divisive debates,” however that might be interpreted.
The agreement pushed by Tancredo feels a little odd considering Tancredo ran some of the most vicious attack ads against Republican nominee Dan Maes in 2010, like this infamous slash and burn spot featuring the late Freda Poundstone:
However, Republicans in Colorado are certainly sick of scorched earth primaries and there might be a good bit of good will for an idea like Tancredo’s, even if his opponents may not agree to fight the better known politician with one hand tied behind their back.
You can see a copy of the full “peace agreement” emailed to the Republican campaigns after the jump: