Maes refuses to bow out of Colo. race

DENVER — Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes rejected calls today that he leave the race after key backers pulled their support for him and others expressed skepticism about his murky past in law enforcement.

Maes, an Evergreen businessman, won the GOP nomination in August without the support of the state or national party establishment. And despite a cascade of calls for him to quit, there didn’t seem to be much Colorado’s Republican leaders could do.

Former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown, former state senate president John Andrews and others withdrew their Maes endorsements after Kansas law enforcement officials denied claims by Maes that he worked for them as a young officer in the 1980s on an undercover sting and was fired because of corruption within the department.

Maes made the claims in a letter to his supporters posted last month on his website. He stood by them today in a Facebook posting.

“I stand by everything I have said,” Maes wrote. “When you get the media and the machine out of the way and the peoples voices are heard, we win. Do not be deceived by word games and manipulation by the media.”


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