Maes: No Regrets

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

Defeated Republican candidate for Governor Dan Maes says he has no regrets about staying in the race until the very end.

Maes says despite the pressure to get out of the race, including from the Republican Party before primary ballots were even done being counted, he's glad he stuck it out.

Maes said he stuck out the race because he owed it to the people who voted to put him on the ballot in the first place, "I stuck through it because I believed in my commitment to the Republican people who got me here."

Maes' campaign held its election night party at the Colorado Mountain Brewery in Colorado Springs. Despite his early third-place standings, the atmosphere was positive, and Maes told his camp repeatedly to take pride in what it did accomplish.

Maes said he has no regrets about sticking through the race, despite the fact that among others, even his own party asked him to get out, "it was very very challenging, there were days where they almost got me, you know? and that's when you go home to a spouse that lifts you up and encourages you, and say, 'don't lose focus, stay on course', it was very difficult."

When asked if he was disappointed in the GOP for turning on him, he said it was also tough, considering he'd done so much to get on the ballot, "and you win everything, and you do everything right and they don't step up, that's extremely disappointing."

Maes called this election the "half-time" of the conservative revolution.


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  • by Kevin Location: Denver on Nov 3, 2010 at 09:06 AM
    Welcome to Socialist Colorado! Thanks for sticking in there and helping Howdy Doody get elected!
  • by John Location: Denver on Nov 3, 2010 at 08:10 AM
    The reality is the Colorado GOP did not support Dan Maes even before the primary. They expected their number one jackal Scott McInnis to win. Maes won the primary, so instead of backing him they backed their number two draft dodging TARP voting jackal Tancredo who was never vetted. You lose, big time. The problem? The Colorado GOP elite players need to be replaced ASAP. If we get rid of the corruption in the Colorado GOP, true Colorado conservatives will help the country in 2012 and beyond.
  • by Karl Location: Thornton on Nov 3, 2010 at 06:30 AM
    WOW! Dan, you managed to grow 196,000 voted from the republican primary into a 189,000 votes out of the STATE WIDE election, that is a LOT to show for all you hard work. Congradulations. Oh, and you more than doubled the votes for the 4th, and 5th party candidates, nice job!
  • by S Location: Denver on Nov 3, 2010 at 06:21 AM
    Political career as a Republican is now annulled, zeroed, done. I'm sure the Dems would love to have him as an operative - oh wait, they already do. Certainly a lack of care for the citizens of Colorado for whom he said he was running. Sometimes you just have to do the right thing, but most times the money wins. He should have to repay every campaign contribution he received. Unauthentic, fake, joke!
  • by David Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 3, 2010 at 01:36 AM
    "Defeated Republican candidate for Governer Dan Maes says he has no regrest about staying in the race until the very end..." ...despite the fact that by doing so he undermined the Republican vote, underminded the seat LONG after he knew he hadn't the slightest chance of winning, and very selfishly, especially given the stats which showed he hadn't the slightest chance of winning, was more interested in running the race $$$ to the end, including collecting monthly income and living like a king ($190k ) than acceding defeat and looking for a job like the rest of us. Dan Maes is a LIAR. He attempted to garner our vote by identifying with our interests, but when push came to shove, he REFUSED to accede a vote obviously geared towards some who MIGHT have won had Maes had simply withdrawn from the race. Truth be told MAES IS IN THE RACE FOR HIMSELF. Not us. Freakin' moron.
  • by John Hickenpooper Location: Showering in your money on Nov 3, 2010 at 01:16 AM
    Thank you Dan Maes for giving me the race. I think im going to call up some friends have a Fiesta. Wish you all the best Puppet.
  • by Whatever on Nov 3, 2010 at 12:16 AM
    HE may not regret staying in the race but Republicans regret it! He became a liability rather than a possibility. By staying in the race, he made the rest of us who cared about our future look elswhere. Had he backed out, we could have had a chance but now everyone loses. How can you not regret that, Maes?
  • by Bill Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 3, 2010 at 12:06 AM
    Thanks for nothing, you moron.
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