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October 29, 2007

Anti- immigration Congressman Tom Tancredo, founder of the Immigration Reform Caucus, has announced that he will retire at the end of next year.

Great news to start the week;

Tancredo to Retire at End of 110th Congress

Monday, Oct. 29, 2007; 9:07 am

By David M. Drucker, Roll Call Staff

"Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) revealed late Sunday that he will retire upon the conclusion of his current term, regardless of how his long-shot presidential bid turns out, according to the Rocky Mountain News.

As promised, Tancredo, 61 , waited until after the Colorado Rockies' last out of the World Series on Sunday night before announcing that he plans to leave Congress at the end of this, his fifth term. The Rockies were swept 4-0 in Major League Baseball's main event by the Boston Red Sox.

"It's the fact that I really believe I have done all I can do in the House, especially about the issue about which I care greatly [immigration]," Tancredo told the Rocky Mountain News in a phone interview from a motel in Iowa, where he is campaigning for president.

Tancredo's retirement leaves House Republicans with another open seat to protect in the 2008 cycle. The news is sure to buoy Democrats as they seek to expand their House majority.

However, the strong Republican bent of the Congressman's suburban Denver 6th district should keep the seat safe from a Democratic takeover and all but ensure victory in the general election for the eventual GOP nominee, especially considering the fact that 2008 is a presidential year...".

Posted by VisaLawyer at October 29, 2007 07:17 AM

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