Former U.S. Congressman from Colorado Tom Tancredo stated in a Breitbart op-ed on Friday that he is leaving the Republican Party.
“After this week’s House GOP ‘budget deal,’ which betrays nearly every promise made to grassroots conservatives since 2010, I have decided it is time to end my affiliation with the Republican Party,” wrote Tancredo.
The Denver Post notes that Tancredo previously left the Republican Party in 2010 for a run for Colorado governor under the Constitution Party’s banner, but rejoined the GOP in 2011. Tancredo was also reportedly recently involved in a failed effort to oust the chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.
In the op-ed, Tancredo described times when he says GOP leaders like former President George W. Bush, Karl Rove, and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay attempted to bully him with threats into supporting establishment positions and ceasing his vocal advocacy for reduced government spending and tighter immigration policies.
Tancredo called the GOP “Democrat Lite” and complained that its leaders have ignored the concerns of Tea Party conservatives who worked hard to elect Republicans in 2010, instead capitulating to the demands of Democrats. “We got condescending lip service, and nothing more,” he wrote.
He said that he feels the GOP establishment does not want to control government spending, secure the U.S. border, protect American national sovereignty, or reign in political corruption.
The former congressman wrote, “By insulting the grassroots, the GOP leadership has set upon a suicide mission. The problem is that failed leadership is allowing Obama to destroy the Constitution and take the whole country down the drain. Well, count me out.”
Tancredo added that he still intends to support Republican candidate and Senator from Texas Ted Cruz for president in 2016, but that he will be rallying independents to support Cruz’s campaign.
“What I will do instead is join the largest political group in the nation, unaffiliated Independents. In Colorado, they outnumber both ‘major’ political parties,” said Tancredo.
The Truth in Media Project recently released a Consider This video highlighting the fact that independent voters now outnumber Republicans and Democrats, as seen in the below-embedded video player.