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

Buck calls on Maes to end bid for Colorado governor

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Marty, FL

    This is how the GOP establishment really feels about the teabagger groups, which could easily be foreseen from the leaked Republican memos. Perhaps Google the information again and read it.

    September 3, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. NC Ex-Pub

    No! No! No!
    Please don't quit; You are the only one – unless the idiot tee-baggers comes up with another – who can save us from this Communist plot to make us all ride bikes. God, how aweful that would be... healthy people in a healthy environment... what terrible thought.

    September 3, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. barry

    The guy needs to get hooked up with Nancy Pelosi. He would fit in well with her swamp rats.

    September 3, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. jackson

    Love it, love it, love it!!! The Tea Party fighting with the GOP. It is a beautiful thing to see, especially this close to a major election cycle!

    By all means, keep fighting!

    September 3, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Another wing nut!

    September 3, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. L

    "accused a Denver bike-sharing program of being an undercover plot orchestrated by the United Nations to advance an environmentalist agenda."

    Good grief! So, you can't do anything healthy without being part of an international plot. This certainly qualifies as "paranoid insanity".

    Bikes are not only good environmentally, they are also good for reducing obesity.

    September 3, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Voice of Reason

    A Denver bike-sharing program is " undercover plot orchestrated by the United Nations to advance an environmentalist agenda." ???

    All i can say is SOUND THE FRUITCAKE ALERT!!! Does this guy sleep with a picture of Glenn Beck under his pillow? Is he one of those wingnuts still holding out on the 'Certification of Live Birth'?

    He obviously needs to spend less time in his basement picking up secret number transmissions on his shortwave radio and fashioning tin-foil helmets. But then they'd kick him out as president of the local chapter of 'Deluded Fruitcakes Anonymous'.

    September 3, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Voice of Reason

    ...and the Tea party's **NOT** a bunch of crazy right-wing nutjobs...


    September 3, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Voice of Reason

    Maes also told the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (A Colorado newpaper – Aug 4, 2010) that the Denver bike program is a "Gateway Program" for the UN that would eventually lead to Abortions and Population control.

    Is he completely insane???

    September 3, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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