Anti-illegal immigration ALIPAC breaks with Tancredo over neo-Nazi organizer « Colorado Independent
Americans for Legal Immigration PAC is openly squabbling with former Colorado Congressman and anti-illegal immigration warrior Tom Tancredo over white-power associations ALIPAC says are tainting efforts to organize rallies in support of Arizona’s tough new immigration law.
ALIPAC sent out a newsletter to supporters this week pulling out of a June 5 rally in Phoenix. The group’s director William Gheen, who has battled accusations of racist associations in the past, explained that he had raised concerns with Tancredo about event organizer Dan Smeriglio, an activist with long unabashed ties to “skin heads and Nazis,” as Gheen put it. Gheen said Tancredo couldn’t be persuaded that Smeriglio’s associations posed a problem, so Gheen took the conversation to the public and announced ALIPAC would encourage its national network of supporters not to attend any June rallies in Arizona.