September 3rd, 2010
03:47 PM ET
4 years ago

Buck calls on Maes to end bid for Colorado governor

Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes is facing calls to end his bid from several Colorado Republican leaders.
Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes is facing calls to end his bid from several Colorado Republican leaders.

UPDATE: A source inside the Maes campaign tells CNN the embattled Republican nominee has decided to stay in the Colorado governor's race, despite increased pressure today for him to drop out.

(CNN) – Colorado Senate candidate Ken Buck is calling on fellow Republican Dan Maes to quit his bid for governor, the latest in a string of Colorado Republicans calling on the Tea Party favorite to step down before he is officially certified as the party's nominee later Friday.

"After having a lengthy conversation with Dan Maes, it is clear to me that Dan is struggling to determine the best path for his campaign, his family and for Colorado," said Buck in a statement. "I have decided that I can no longer support his candidacy for governor of Colorado."

Buck's statement comes after revelations Maes had embellished his resume about his business background and accused a Denver bike-sharing program of being an undercover plot orchestrated by the United Nations to advance an environmentalist agenda.

Maes – a Tea Party favorite who beat the establishment candidate and former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis in the GOP primary last month – is facing calls to resign from several state Republican leaders as well as two of the state's major newspapers.

If Maes does not resign before he is officially certified the winner at 7 p.m. ET, Republicans have little chance of removing him from the ballot.


Filed under: 2010 • Colorado • Dan Maes • Ken Buck
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. gary

    I don't know if we need Republicans, Tea Partiers or Independents....what I do know is that the Democrats in this country are not helping the economy or the budgets at the stat or federal levels....we need new faces in government that listen to us.

    September 3, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Andy

    The gop, home to liars and crackpots. Let him run, we could all use a good laugh right about now. At least republicans provide a steady stream of entertainment.

    September 3, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. James B Doerrer

    Be careful, there is a republican rule that says if Maes steps down the party can pick anyone without any votes and just put the replacement name on the ballot. The voting public be darned.
    As a Democrat, I really don't care. This seems to be a real problem for the Republicans.

    September 3, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Ponder this.,....

    The "Tea Party favorites", will be the demise of the epublican "resurgence" for the midterms. .... thank goodness – you are giving the Democrats a solid catch in a "Hail Mary Pass".!!! Go dems.

    September 3, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. ABM

    Ha!!! Stay in the race and split the vote.

    September 3, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    The Teatards: the GOP's Frankenstein monster. The best part is times like this, when they act all suprised and flabberghasted that what they created is turning out to be their potential ruin. Get your popcorn ready...cuz if you think these people are nuts now, I guarantee that October is going to blow your freekin minds...and that will probably pale in comparison to the mid-November apoplectic hissy fit if there's no GOP takeover.

    September 3, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Ponder this.,....

    The "Tea Party favorites", will be the demise of the so called Republican "resurgence" for the midterms. .... thank goodness – you are giving the Democrats a solid catch in a "Hail Mary Pass".!!!

    Smart thinking voters understand that this far-right, outrageous group pose more threat than benefit for the country and Republicans need to understand that the initial boost they brought to the party.. is really a bite in the rear to GOP takeover aspirations.

    September 3, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Love that the GOP can't even control their own astroturf strawman party.

    September 3, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Dan, TX

    Oh come on. We don't care about lies any more. If we did, where would Palin, Beck, Limbaugh and the rest be? Let the man alone.

    September 3, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. nru

    Just another dellusioanl tea bagger – what's new – oh yeah, Buck is now a member of the Mexican Mafia and eats live bugs in his sleep.

    September 3, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Sounds like they need Obama to "slam" them. That seems to be the only thing he does well, except take numerous vacations. I understand he is off to Camp David to day after putting in a four whole days of ruining this country.

    September 3, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. Former Republican, but never again!

    Another far right nut case! Come on America, you can't be dumb enough to vote for these people!

    September 3, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. Joe Blow

    GOP candidate Buck surely doesn't support disregarding the will of the voters od Colorado, does he? Republican voters lined up at the polls last month and said, "Maes is our guy."

    Buck would deprive those voters of their voice but says he will be their voice in DC? Somthing smells of hypocrisy.

    September 3, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. DenverGrl

    Dan Maes is a nut. I'm not a fan of the Tea Party, but I have to say that I expected that they would vet their candidates before putting them forward. Come on guys, You've got to do better than this. If your candidates win, I need to at least have faith that they are capable of doing their job and being honest.

    September 3, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    The tea party is the best thing that's happened for democrats in a while. Keep nominating far-right fringe moonbats, teabaggers. November should be very interesting. Have a nice day!

    September 3, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. DarthInCO

    Colorado GOP is a train wreck, engineered by Dick Wadhams. The 'establishment' forced their own candidate upon us – who prefers plagiarizing to original work – and doesn't like who the electorate chose, so now they want to back-door their own candidate instead. Either way, they're toast.

    September 3, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Si is Buck saying that Maes is even too crazy for the Tea Baggers? I didn't think that was possible after all they like Angle in NV who is as crazy as they come. Go figure.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO (and crazy people).

    September 3, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. NVa Native

    Dan Maes sounds like the perfect candidate for the new and improved Republican Party. Probably has his own custom fitted tin-foil hat and folding lawn chair.

    September 3, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Tulsa

    hehehe.... LOL...... REALLY... LOL!!!!!
    The right is eating itself again.
    Good. after Bush and the Republican Congress driving us into the ditch on so many fronts, they all deserve to wander in the wilderness.

    Unfortunately, the American Public is easily duped. The Republicans have learned the lessons of Ceasar and of the third Reich well. Beat the drum loudly, call for extream nationalism, lie and don't let up.
    Find a scapegoat who can't defend themselves and put fear into the hearts of everyday folks.

    Yes, they have learned how to lie and pervert our system. For that I can't forgive them.

    September 3, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Ben in Texas

    I used to think that Rocky Mountain water was pretty good, but whatever Dan Maes has been drinking has seriously addled his brain. Bike sharing is a U.N. plot to advance environmentalism?

    I have another conspiracy theory for you, Danno. The Tea Party has been secretly recruiting candidates for office from local insane asylums. I'll bet my theory holds more water than yours!

    September 3, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Duck Fallas

    Friday afternoon, and this is the only thing left to comment on? Didn't Palin break wind or something?

    September 3, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Gee, a Replublican embellishing like a Democrat. What's the world coming to?

    September 3, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. bk

    What? A Republican who forgot his family values? Shame. But then he'll get support from his followers saying it wasn't so bad. They too forget, a lie, is a lie, is a lie!

    And to those who want to say President Obama does it everyday, GIVE US PROOF!

    September 3, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. Keith in Austin

    Here comes the Liberal haters for sure! While you're spewing your viciousness, take a moment and ask why Barry is in Ohio campaigning for Sestak? Could it be to cover his unethical offer to give him a job in the Obozo Admin. by dropping out of the primaries so Arlene Specter could win?

    Let's call a spade a spade OK? No pun intended!!

    September 3, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Has anyone noticed the "stellar" candidates that the GOP-TPers have running this year?

    Maes is being asked to drop out as Republican candidate for governor because he.... "embellished" (lied about) his record as a policeman?

    What about Jan Brewer? She totally froze up, does AZ really want someone so inept and inarticulate leading their state?

    What about the nut in Nevada, Sharon Angle, who wants to privatize Social Security and get rid of Medicare? Seniors are you paying attention?

    I could go on, wake up America do you really want to put the GOP back in power after only 2 years and after they derailed our Economy?

    September 3, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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