Former Cong. Tom Tancredo quits the Republican Party, reveals party’s Big Pharma ties
Does the Republican Party leadership still fight for smaller government, individual rights, fiscal responsibility and free enterprise — values and principles it has long claimed to be an advocate of?
For former Republican Cong. Tom Tancredo, the answer is “no.” In an article posted on Breitbart.com, Tancredo declared his intent to join what he deems to be the largest political group in the nation, unaffiliated Independents, and his support of Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) bid for presidency.
Here’s an excerpt of Tancredo’s article, detailing some of his problems about the Republican Party:
- “As a Member of Congress for ten years (1998-2008), I was subjected to threats and pressures from the Congressional Leadership and President George W. Bush to support the creation of an expensive Medicare prescription drug program–even though creating a new government spending program financed by massive debt flies in the face of the Republican Party’s core principles. [emphasis added]
- “Our most powerful and influential ‘leaders’ were shoving this down our throats in a crass political effort to use taxpayer money to buy the votes of senior citizens–particularly in the state of Florida in the next presidential election.
- “I was incredulous about the fact that the most intense lobbying I had ever seen undertaken by our ‘leadership’ was not an effort to limit government or the dollars it spends; it was to do just the opposite.
- “That incident came just months after I was told by President Bush’s top political operative, Karl Rove, ‘never to darken the door of the White House again’ because of my criticism of the administration’s dangerously lax immigration policies in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.”
Read his full column here.