Maes declines offer to drop out

Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams said today that he presented an offer to his party’s gubernatorial candidate, Dan Maes, from former congressman Tom Tancredo.

The offer was that Tancredo, who left the GOP to launch a bid for governor as a candidate for the American Constitution Party, would drop his bid if Maes did, too.

Maes declined.

Here’s Wadhams’ statement on the matter:

“Tom Tancredo contacted me late Monday to indicate he would withdraw from the race for governor if Dan Maes did so as well.  I asked Tom for the opportunity to present this offer to Dan Maes, which I did do this morning.  I felt it was my responsibility as state chairman to inform Dan of this offer since it held open the possibility of eliminating the current three-way race that gives the Democratic candidate a huge advantage.  Dan indicated he would remain in the race.  I respect and appreciate both Tom’s offer and Dan’s response.  I continue to support Dan Maes for governor of Colorado.”

The two are running against Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat.


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