Challenger Cites Tancredo’s White Power Ties

He has received thousands of dollars from individuals linked to white supremacy. His words have appeared on what is being called a “hate site,” and it was reported that in September he stood behind a confederate flag-draped podium and spoke to supporters in South Carolina, before joining them to sing Dixie.

But Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo is just now starting to feel localized flack for these actions, and it’s coming from his Democratic challenger in the 6th Congressional District, Bill Winter.  “Right wing hate groups have long left felt out in the cold by contemporary politics,” bellows the narrator in a radio spot called “Dateline South Carolina,” produced by the Winter campaign. “Now, they are flocking to Tom Tancredo.”

The Winter camp is criticizing Tancredo for his financial relationships with those connected to white power. Winter will also ask the House Ethics Committee to investigate.

Starting in July, Colorado Confidential published a number of stories about this issue, detailing a vast network linked to Rep. Tancredo:

With less than a week until Election Day it’s hard to know if such allegations will make an impression, but it’s an issue that has come up before, and it will probably come up again.

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

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