Posted Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at 3:59 PM
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.