In a little noticed op-ed published last week, former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) endorsed a voter-sponsored initiative to legalize marijuana in Colorado, saying his change of heart came “not despite my conservative beliefs, but because of them.”
Tancredo’s editorial compares the booze-fueled organized crime of the prohibition era to the weed-fueled “narcoterrorists” in Mexico, who he said pose a dire threat to Americans and American business. “[By] keeping marijuana illegal for the last 75 years, we have created a black market that helps fuel some of the most dangerous terrorist organizations in the world,” he argued.
The former congressman and failed Colorado gubernatorial candidate long ago made illegal immigration one of his principle issues. It’s his day job, too: After losing his 2010 gubernatorial bid, Tancredo founded Team America super PAC, an organization dedicated to promoting candidates who share his views on immigration.
It’s not clear if Tancredo will seek public office in Colorado again, but he did say in 2010 that he’s open to running for president. His prior bid in the 2008 Republican primaries didn’t go so well though, and he’s since threatened to leave the party – so, don’t hold your breath.
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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