Tancredo ratchets up effort to shoulder Maes from race

Efforts to get Republican Dan Maes to drop out of the governor’s race escalated a bit Thursday.

Maes supporter Joe Harrington posted a Facebook message on the Republican’s page that included a voice mail message he received from Bay Buchanan, the campaign manager for former GOP congressman Tom Tancredo.

Tancredo, upset that Maes won the August primary against former Grand Junction congressman Scott McInnis, is running against Maes and Democrat John Hickenlooper, but he had to join the little-known American Constitution Party to do so.

In the message, Buchanan pleads with Harrington to work with Maes about withdrawing from the race.

“Tom is within four points of Hickenlooper. He’s got to find somebody he trusts to talk to him, somebody that he trusts their word,” she says in the voice mail. “Give me a call if you’re interested. I won’t bother you any more if you aren’t, but the time is now, the time is absolutely now.”

Neither Buchanan nor the Tancredo campaign returned phone calls seeking a response, but Buchanan told Denver’s KVDR-TV news that Harrington started negotiations when he recently came to Tancredo’s Denver office.

Buchanan told the television station Harrington asked for specific jobs for Maes, but she told him it would be illegal to make such an offer.

By law, no one can offer or give a candidate or a candidate committee anything of value in order to get that person to withdraw from a race, nor can a candidate offer to withdraw in order to get something of value.

While Tancredo has been climbing in recent polls, Maes has dropped. The latest Rasmussen poll showed Hickenlooper at 42 percent and Tancredo at 38 percent, within the poll’s 4 percent margin of error. That same poll showed Maes at 12 percent.

Tancredo has been targeting Hickenlooper in his campaign ads, but he also continues to go after Maes.

A new ad revealed by his campaign Thursday says:

“Dan Maes. Bankrupt. Fired for cause from the Kansas police force. Exposed for shaking down an old lady to get mortgage money. Dan Maes swiped thousands of dollars from his campaign, taking a whopping $44,000 for so-called mileage reimbursements. Make no mistake, Dan Maes is going to lose this race in a big way because a campaign built on lies, just like a life built on lies, always catches up to you.”


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