Immigration hawk Harvey gets nod for Congress from Minuteman PAC

State Sen. Ted Harvey is already following in the footsteps of retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, even if Harvey doesn’t win Tuesday’s Republican primary nomination for Colorado’s 6th Congressional District.

Harvey, R-Centennial, has received an enthusiastic endorsement from a Minuteman Movement political action committee that advocates for border security and against all forms of amnesty for immigrants who have entered the country illegally.

 “Ted Harvey’s leadership in the Colorado legislature on illegal immigration and securing our borders is sterling. He is regarded by his colleagues as a leader among leaders, and we are proud to call him a fellow Minuteman,” Chris Simcox, chairman of the Minuteman PAC, “beamed” in a statement sent out by Harvey’s campaign.

The retiring Tancredo, of course, has made his reputation as an anti-illegal immigration hawk.

The National Pro-Life Alliance, the National Auto Dealer Association and the Credit Union Association of Colorado have also thrown their support behind Harvey, according to his Web site.

Harvey also has the backing of eight Republican state senators and 12 Republican members of the Colorado state house, according to his site. Yet, if his diminutive war chest is any indication, Harvey has some handicaps to overcome in his bid to represent the district, which is just south of Denver, Harvey faces off this week against Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman, state Sen. Steve Ward, R-Littleton, and businessman Wil Armstrong.

The winner of the four-way contest will campaign against Democrat Hang Eng in the fall — although the district is considered a sure bet for whoever wins the Republican nomination.