Maes feels ‘evil’ surrounding gubernatorial bid

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Colorado’s embattled Republican gubernatorial candidate is firing back at critics who say he’s unfit for office.

A defiant Dan Maes told a group of conservatives gathered in Durango today that the political process is surrounded by evil.

“I love that you opened with prayer because this is not just political war, folks, this is a spiritual battle,” Maes said in remarks reported by the Durango Herald.

“There is evil out there. When I interact with some of these people, I can feel the evil. They’re not evil people, but evil finds its way into the system. And we must stand and fight this to the end.”

Maes called Colorado’s campaign finance rules “ridiculous.” Earlier this year, the Republican nominee paid a $17,500 fine for campaign finance violations, including $44,000 he claimed in undocumented mileage expenses.

In addition to the campaign finance violation, Maes raised eyebrows by questioning a Denver bike-sharing program and by claiming to have once worked as an undercover police officer in Kansas.

Maes says he has an e-mail that will corroborate his claim to have worked undercover but conceded he’s made mistakes campaigning.

Later, Maes said, “You discovered that I’m a human being. And perhaps you thought I was more than maybe I really was. But by golly, I’ve made a few mistakes, and I’m going to own up to them.”

Maes is in western Colorado campaigning in advance of a debate Saturday with his democratic opponent, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

A former Republican who joined the race as a third-party candidate after Maes was nominated, former Rep. Tom Tancredo, will not be allowed to join the gubernatorial debate under the rules of the group putting on the event.

3 Responses to Maes feels ‘evil’ surrounding gubernatorial bid

  1. I agree. It’s good to see prayer in our everyday life, and I’m glad that Dan clearly makes the distinction between evil people, and the evil that sometimes influences even the best people. I don’t believe that Dan Maes, Tom Tancredo, the other Republican “leaders” who have abandoned our party’s Republican candidate, or even Mayor John Hickenlooper, are evil people.

    Some of my fellow Republicans are so intent upon winning the governor’s office, that they magnify small flaws they see in Dan Maes, and use those small flaws to justify that which they would otherwise never do, turning their backs on Dan and the nearly 200,000 Republicans who voted for him.

    We’re told to remove the beam from our own eyes, before taking the splinter from the eye of our brother.

    I ask all Republicans, including Tom Tancredo, to resist the temptation of pragmatism, and do what is right. Support our Republican candidate for governor, Dan Maes, and work together to bring more liberty and less government control to our state.

    God bless you all, yes, including Tom Tancredo & John Hickenlooper.

    John Gaudio

    John Gaudio
    September 10, 2010 at 1:38 pm

  2. Looks like we got Hickenlooper, or maybe Maes is throwing the election in favor of Trancredo. Any ideas?

    Christopher Colvin
    September 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm

  3. Religion has no place in government. Poor form Dan Maes. Poor form.

    September 13, 2010 at 7:11 am