You know the Independence Institute’s Founder’s dinner Thursday night had to be good when president Jon Caldara said so many tickets were sold it was their most successful fundraiser ever — depending on Tom Tancredo’s bar tab.
Tancredo served as former president of the self-proclaimed free-market think tank before becoming a congressman, presidential candidate and gubernatorial candidate. He didn’t belly up to the bar much but he appeared to appreciate the speeches from the keynote speakers, John Fund with the National Review and Stephen Moore at The Heritage Foundation.
The parade route went right by Williams’ office at 1700 Broadway — he captured a good picture of the orange- and blue-stripe painted on the street for his Facebook page — but he was headed to Washington for the National Association of Secretaries of State winter conference.
After he landed, Williams stopped by all seven congressional offices. In most cases, the representatives had had already headed to the floor for a nighttime vote, but the secretary did manage to catch up with two lawmakers, Republican Ken Buck of Windsor and Republican Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs.
Williams also had a chance to meet Buck’s new chief of staff, Mac Zimmerman, on his first day on the job. Zimmerman grew up in Denver but has lived in Grand Junction and previously worked for Congressmen Scott McInnis and Tom Tancredo, and for state Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry.