In an article by ace Denver Post reporter Lynn Bartels, former Congressman Tom Tancredo unloads on fellow Republican (and former Colorado Lieutenant Governor) Jane Norton, saying the only reason she'll be announcing a Senate run later today is because she was talked into it by Arizona Senator and recent presidential nominee John McCain. "Does John McCain have a right to do that? Sure. Do I have a right to bitch about it? You bet," Tancredo told Bartels. "Jane Norton is a nice lady who I like. End of story. But I fear she is not ready for prime time."
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Anyone surprised that Tancredo would go rogue against one of his own must not have been paying attention in recent years. "The Flag Bearer," Westword's 2003 profile of the ex-rep, is filled with anecdotes about him refusing to toe the party line. But if McCain really was the string-puller behind Norton's candidacy, she may be make more of a mark than her three-sentence Wikipedia page would suggest. The last politico McCain anointed was a certain Sarah Palin, who supplied loads of hilarity en route to not becoming our nation's vice president -- and while Norton can't see Russia from her house, she's got to have a little bit of a mavericky streak to have struck Big John's political fancy. If so, Coloradans may tune in whether she's ready for prime time or not.