Tancredo announces bid for Colorado governor

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Former Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo announced Thursday on a conservative radio show that he is seeking the Republican nomination for governor of Colorado in 2014, according to news reports.

The Republican candidate then wrote on Facebook, “I announced 5 minutes ago my intention to seek the Republican nomination for Governor of Colorado and look forward to fighting for jobs, small business and our Constitutional freedoms that we hold so dear.”

“Game on,” he added.

In announcing his decision to run on KHOW’s Peter Boyles show, the former congressman, who is known for his hawkish immigration stances, explained that Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper’s decision to grant a temporary reprieve to a death row inmate convicted of murdering four people at a Chuck E. Cheese was the “last straw,” Denver’s FOX31 reported.

FOX31 added that Secretary of State Scott Gessler, state Sen. Greg Brophy and former Cranston, R.I. mayor and recent Colorado resident Steve Laffey could represent challenges in Tancredo’s attempt to take the GOP nomination.

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