Tancredo picks Dodge to manage campaign for guv

Former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo, now running for Colorado governor on the American Constitutionalist Party ticket, has picked a longtime friend to manage his newly formed campaign. Cliff Dodge, a former state senator from Denver, lobbyist and current president of the Arapahoe County Republican Men's Club, began as campaign manager earlier this week. "Tom's my friend and when he asks me to do something, I usually do it," Dodge said Tuesday night. "I really feel like he's got a shot."

Cliff Dodge, left, and Tom Tancredo, right, enjoy the levity during a roast of Tancredo last year. Dodge is now managing Tancredo's campaign for governor on the American Constitutionalist Party ticket.
Photo by Jody Hope Strogoff/The Colorado Statesman

Dodge said he planned to resign his post as chairman of the GOP Men's Club Wednesday morning. "People in Arapahoe and Jefferson counties are kind of mad at Tom, and I understand that," Dodge said.

Tancredo got into the race a couple weeks ago after Republican candidates Scott McInnis and Dan Maes refused to abide by his arbitrary deadline to drop out of the race after the primary if polls showed them lagging behind Democratic candidate John Hickenlooper.

Tancredo criticized both potential nominees as being unable to win in November and got into an ugly and very public fight with GOP Chairman Dick Wadhams about the suitability of McInnis and Maes, both who have undergone their own public humiliations. It was revealed recently that former congressman McInnis plagiarized a series of water articles for which he was paid $300,000 in a fellowship, and Maes was recently fined $17,000 for problems with campaign finance reports which he filed with the secretary of state's office.   

Dodge said he's getting the headquarters set up at 9600 E. Arapahoe in Greenwood Village. Phones are going in and Dodge is looking to put together an office staff — volunteer, he stressed, not paid. Raising money will be a top priority, he acknowledged.