Tancredo Re-Emerges to Pile on Perry

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Sept. 27 2011 3:59 PM

Tancredo Re-Emerges to Pile on Perry

Never accuse former Rep. Tom Tancredo of missing a political moment. He takes to the infinite pages of Facebook to attack Rick Perry on immigration, with a grudge and a long bill of greivances.

Four years ago I ran for president to pressure the Republican candidates to take a hard line against illegal immigration. For this Perry called me a racist! I called his office and demanded an apology and got nowhere. That's when I started to take a closer look at Perry and found an alarming pro-illegal immigrant consistency to both the man's words and record.

But wait -- where have I heard this before? Ah, it was in an August 11 op-ed in Politico, by Tom Tancredo.

When I ran for president in 2008, I tried to pressure the Republican candidates to take a hard line against illegal immigration. For this, Perry called me a racist.

This would seem awfully easy to check, but I couldn't find a story about Perry calling Tancredo a "racist" after some searching. I've asked his office what the source of the story, and the tiff, actually is, because Tancredo wants to use it to crowbar back into a national conversation he influenced plenty when he was a national candidate.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 



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