Sen. Wayne Allard to Retire, Here's to Mark Udall

Colorado Senator Wayne Allard, a Republican, announced today he will keep his term-limits pledge made before the 2002 election and step down in 2008. He said it's a matter of integrity.

"The people of Colorado placed their trust in me based on a promise I made to them and I am honoring that promise. In an age when promises are cast away as quickly as yesterday’s newspaper, I believe a promise made should be a promise kept."

Rep. Tom Tancredo, who in the past indicated his interest in the seat, should Allard retire, has repeatedly breached a similar term-limits pledge to Colorado voters. What does that say about his integrity?

It probably doesn't matter much, as Tancredo is off to Iowa to gauge interest in Presidential run which his spokesman admits would not be launched for the intent of winning, just to raise attention to what seems to be his main purpose as a politician, kicking undocumented residents out of the U.S. Today he said he's not interested in the Senate seat.

Colorado Congressman, Mark Udall, who's one of my personal favorites, pretty much has the Democratic nomination for Senate. So, who will end up running against him? Early talk focuses on former Congressmen Scott McInnis and Bob Schaffer. McInnis is an early front-runner, but it is still early.

According to the Denver Post, the Cook Report noted that if Allard steps down, this will be one of the competitive Senate races is 2008.

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    Tom ran. (none / 0) (#1)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Jan 15, 2007 at 06:52:07 PM EST
    If the voters in Tancredo's district were concerned over his decision to run again they had a very simple solution right at hand. The ballot.

    When I lived in Colorado I was never sure what Allard was doing. I called him the transparent Senator because you never saw him. A name, BTW, that I moved to my current Democratic Representative.

    Perhaps this will bring the ex-Governor back into politics? And no, I'm not talking about Roaming Roy.

    Tancredo in Colorado (none / 0) (#2)
    by nativist on Tue Jan 16, 2007 at 06:45:21 AM EST
    No, I don't think Tancredo's main purpose is kicking undocumented workers out of the country. I do know one of his objectives is to uphold US laws concerning immigration. The people referred to are not undocumented workers, they are illegal aliens. They aren't supposed to be here. It's that simple. Tancredo, at least is trying to do something about the situation before it's too late.

    Undocument Residents (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Jan 16, 2007 at 10:20:34 AM EST
    is the proper term for what you call "illegal aliens."  They are simply people here without the proper documentation, either because they overstayed their visa or entered without a visa. It's a civil violation, not a criminal offense. They are not criminals, despite what you and Tom Tancredo think.

    Many live here, work, pay taxes, have families and support our economy and have not committed any criminal offense.


    As well as what Jeralyn said, I have on at... (none / 0) (#4)
    by Bill Arnett on Tue Jan 16, 2007 at 12:22:40 PM EST
    ...least a couple of occasions noted that removing all these people from America faces one insurmountable obstacle and it is this:

    IF you could somehow arrest, convict, and deport 1,000 of these people a day IT WILL TAKE OVER 30 YEARS to accomplish that goal.

    Where will the money come from?
    Where will the personnel required to arrest, etc., come from?
    Where will they all be confined? At what cost?
    What gov't agency could possibly oversee and run this effort?

    And the sheer logistics of this effort, and the accompanying problems such an effort would make from unintended consequences would be staggering.

    Just ask tancredo from where the money and personnel for this would come.


    I feel safe now... (none / 0) (#5)
    by desertswine on Tue Jan 16, 2007 at 03:15:39 PM EST

    Updated: 12:44 a.m. MT Jan 14, 2007
    MEXICO CITY - A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed a 22-year-old Mexican who was crossing illegally into the United States, U.S. police said Saturday.

    The agent shot Francisco Dominguez, who had crossed into Arizona with family members and other migrants, while trying to take him into custody, Cochise County Sheriff's Office spokesman Carol Capas said.

    She declined to give further details, including why the shooting occurred, because of an ongoing investigation. A spokesman at a U.S. Border Patrol office in Tucson, Arizona, could not be reached for comment.

    Is that what safe feels like? (none / 0) (#6)
    by kdog on Tue Jan 16, 2007 at 09:41:12 PM EST
    I thought it was sick.