Schaffer endorses Tancredo, joins growing list of Republicans

Colorado State Board of Education Chairman and former Congressman Bob Schaffer, who unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate seat won by Mark Udall in 2008, endorsed American Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo today.

“Tom has always been a tireless leader on issues of education reform, tax limitation and economic growth,” Schaffer said in a Tancredo Campaign release. “I’m proud to support Tom Tancredo, and I urge all educators, tax reformers and business leaders across the state to do the same.”

Schaffer’s nod was part of a growing list of prominent Colorado Republicans backing former GOP Congressman Tancredo, who according to a recent poll now leads Republican nominee Dan Maes but still trails Democratic Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

“Bob is known for putting principle before party, and I’m honored to have his endorsement,” said Tancredo, who on Tuesday learned a Denver district judge ruled in his favor in a lawsuit brought by Maes supporters challenging Tancredo’s name on the ballot.

Here are the other supporters announced by the Tancredo campaign Wednesday:

o Republican Arapahoe County Commissioner Jim Dyer
o Former Republican state Sen. Bruce Cairns
o Former Republican state Sen. Tom Wiens
o Former Republican state Rep. and Minority Leader Joe Stengel
o Former Republican state Rep. and former Arapahoe County Assessor Jim Reeves
o Former Republican state Rep. Lauri Clapp
o Former Republican state Rep. Ruth Prendergast
o Former Republican state Rep. Eric Prinzler
o Former Republican State Rep. Jim Welker
o Former Democrat state Rep. E.E. Casey Hayes
o Former Republican candidate for Congress and KNUS host Jimmy Lakey
o Former Arapahoe County Republican Chairman and current Republicans for Tom Tancredo State Chairman Nathan Chambers
o State Chairman, Democrats for Tom Tancredo, Lou Schroeder, Arapahoe County
o Republican activist Dan Kopelman, Arapahoe County
o Republican activist Ted Martin, Arapahoe County
o Former administrative officer Rose Evans, EPA Denver (Reagan Administration)
o Democratic activist (Retired) Col. David Hughes, El Paso County

Previous endorsements for Tancredo include: former Congressman Bob Beauprez, state senator and former Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry, Assistant Minority Leader Greg Brophy, state Sen. Ted Harvey, state Reps. Marsha Looper, Cheri Gerou, and Spencer Swalm, Arapahoe County Clerk Nancy Doty, and Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland.

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