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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ha!!! Stay in the race and split the vote.
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.
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.
Love that the GOP can't even control their own astroturf strawman party.
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.
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.
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.
Another far right nut case! Come on America, you can't be dumb enough to vote for these people!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
Friday afternoon, and this is the only thing left to comment on? Didn't Palin break wind or something?
Gee, a Replublican embellishing like a Democrat. What's the world coming to?
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!
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!!
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?