Tancredo Denies

Amid accusations that Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo stood behind a confederate flag and spoke to a “hate group,” the congressman’s campaign responded today in the Rocky Mountain News, saying that the now notorious event was hosted by an average conservative group, concerned with immigration.

Tancredo’s Democratic opponent, Bill Winter, is not convinced however, and is speaking out about the rally held a few days ago in South Carolina From the News article:

But according to Tancredo’s office, the Saturday gathering was organized and sponsored by Americans Have Had Enough Coalition, which backs Tancredo’s anti-illegal immigration stand and traditional conservative causes. Tancredo’s longtime aide, Jacque Ponder, is on its board.

Winter responded later with a press release.

“How can Mr. Tancredo claim to be representing the people of Colorado when he is pandering to hate groups in South Carolina?” he said. “How can Mr. Tancredo sit in our Nation’s Capitol and claim to speak for the people of this district and all Americans when he addresses groups dedicated to the secession of all Southern states?”

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the civil rights organization that first reported on the rally, is sticking to its claims.

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at erosa@www.coloradoindependent.com.

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