"Viva Romer!" That was the word from Tom Tancredo yesterday morning on Peter Boyles's radio show, responding to the dirty-tricks campaign designed to turn Latino voters against Michael Hancock by claiming that Tancredo has endorsed Hancock.
Except, of course, that Tancredo has never endorsed Hancock.
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He has never met Hancock, or talked with anyone on his campaign. The only person he talked to was Boyles, who, over lunch, suggested that Tancredo would like Hancock's story -- which prompted a response from Tancredo that he'd "probably vote for the guy"... if he lived in Denver. Boyles talked about that on his radio show the next day, and a week later, after a dirty-trick robocall from an anonymous operative and a Hancock-bashing e-mail from a far-from-anonymous Crisanta Duran, deputy manager of the Chris Romer campaign, the word is out: "Viva Romer."
There's more to come, of course. When Typhoid Tom is involved, there always is. Tune in to Boyles' show after 7 a.m. today for the next salvo in this tempest in a Tea Party pot.
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