Tom Tancredo received campaign donations from a Planned Parenthood network founder, John Tanton, who has some interesting ideas on population control:
In 2003, The Washington Post quoted a memo by Tanton:
“‘In this society, will the present majority peaceably hand over its political power to a group that is simply more fertile,’ Tanton wrote in his 1988 memo. ‘Can homo contraceptives compete with horno progenitivo if our borders aren’t controlled. … Perhaps this is the first instance in which those with their pants up are going to get caught by those with their pants down. As whites see their power and control over their lives declining, will they simply go quietly into the night? Or will there be an explosion.’”
And more recently:
In 2006, the Washington Post reported that Tanton “once marched beside a Planned Parenthood float that declared: Whatever your cause, it’s lost without population control.”
Now, Tancredo can claim all he wants that this sick individual donated to him, not based on his sick views, but based on his good views (those he shares with Tom), but one is not required to accept donations from a freak like John Tanton. In fact, such an action reflects poorly on the candidate. Not to mention the fact that said individual co-founded the Northern Michigan Planned Parenthood Association which provides abortion services.
Tancredo can obfuscate all he likes and pretend that this is about questioning his pro-life credentials. But that’s just silly. It’s about personal honor and public perception. Cheerfully accepting campaign donations from a monster like Tanton demonstrates questionable judgement.
The Brownback campaign helpfully suggested a face-saving way out of this perception problem:
“Conservatives and liberals alike have abandoned Tanton once they learn about his bizarre obsession with population control,” John Rankin, Brownback’s Iowa communications director said in a statement last week. “Tom Tancredo’s ties to Tanton are an embarrassment to his campaign and he should donate the funds to an Iowa crisis pregnancy center.”
But The Tanc flatly refused this suggestion, standing by his man and his decision to accept his money:
Tancredo declined to return the money, saying such a move would suggest the donations somehow influenced his anti-abortion position.
“What I do is more important than who I take money from,” Tancredo said.
I agree that what you actually do is the most important. That’s why you should refuse Tanton’s tainted money and put it to good use. Put your money where your pro-life mouth is. But The Tanc refused. Why?
The Brownback campaign stands behind its calls for Tancredo to return the money, describing Tanton’s views on population control as “racist.”
And how does The Tanc justify his acceptance of this weirdo’s cash?
Tancredo said Tanton’s support stems from their mutual interest in the immigration issue and has nothing to do with the Colorado congressman’s stance on abortion.
Well, hooray. It’s all about the money and has nothing to do with integrity and conservative values. Well played, Tom. And this does not help defuse your image as a single-issue candidate. Is immigration indeed so important to you that it trumps even the sanctity of human life? Just great.
Please take the Brownback campaign’s advice and donate that blood-soaked money to a worthy pro-life cause. This is not the time to “just say no.”
Hat Tip: The Political Pale Horse.
Update: The Denver Daily News asks the question: Is Tancredo a Hypocrite?