Although the Tea Party Express PAC isn't getting involved in Colorado's gubernatorial race, the group's chairwoman, Amy Kremer, today announced her "personal" endorsement of Tom Tancredo, the former GOP member of Congress who's running as a third-party candidate there.
The endorsement technically falls outside the umbrella of the Tea Party Express--which isn't getting involved in any governor's races this year--but Kremer herself acknowledged the impact of the association.
“Obviously you can’t detach me from Tea Party Express, but this is an endorsement from Amy Kremer,” she said.
The announcement creates another wrinkle in a messy race that has sabotaged the Republican Party's once high hopes of taking over the Executive Mansion in Colorado. Recent polls show Democrat John Hickenlooper leading the field, with Tancredo closing. Republican nominee Dan Maes trails far behind, and some conservatives have called on him to drop out in Tancredo's favor.
One of them is Kremer.
"Dan Maes has collapsed in the polls, and Tancredo is the only way we can get a conservative in office there," she said.
Tancredo addressed a Tea Party Express rally when the group's national bus tour stopped in Denver earlier this year.
Kremer said she might make “a couple more” endorsements in state races. Earlier this year, she broke with another branch of the party movement, the Tea Party Patriots, in part over the group's reluctance to endorse candidates.
“The time has come to put down the protest signs and pick up the campaign signs," Kremer said in an interview with National Journal last month. "If we’re truly going to affect change, it’s going be at the ballot box. And that’s why we’re putting our money where our mouth is and endorsing true conservative candidates.”