We can’t tell you how much we are going to miss Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes. His bizarre statements and appearances have kept us entertained for more than a year, and Maes didn’t disappoint with his “end of campaign” email to supporters.
You can read the full email below, but the highlight is his spin that he saved the Republican Party from “minor party” status:
As most know, we delivered what may have been the most cost effective campaign in state history. We won the primary on approximately $175,000.00 and saved the Republican Party from minor party status on just under $300,000.00! [Pols emphasis] That, of course, with no thanks to the Republican Party financially.
Of course, if Maes wasn’t the GOP nominee, there would never have been a risk that Republicans might end up with “minor party” status, but, whatever.
The fact that Maes saved the Republican Party should be enough incentive to send another contribution his way:
We need a little help closing our books. Your contribution of $50.00, $100.00, $250.00 up to $1,050.00 will help us make those final payments to vendors and maybe even a bonus to one of the hardest working young ladies in politics, Jordan. Jordan worked as my scheduler, executive assistant, and driver for 11 months. Many days started at 6:00 AM and ended as late as midnight for Jordan and she earned every penny making just $1,300.00/mo. For those of you who met Jordan you know she worked very hard and always had that beautiful smile on her face and a positive attitude that complemented her loyalty and dedication to our race.
Send that woman a bonus! Hell, we’d be in favor of giving Jordan Maes a bonus just for putting up with her father’s campaign. And “bonus for daughter” looks (a little) better on a filing statement than “more mileage reimbursements.”
Maes says in the email that he’ll have an announcement about his future in a few weeks. We can hardly wait.
Campaign Wrap Up
With Campaign 2010 behind us all many have moved on to the next thing in our lives. Before I do that I wanted to thank all of you who fought the
battle to the end. Our Election Night Party was very well attended and the mood was upbeat all evening. I was so proud to be associated with so
many Patriots that stuck to their principles and did not let the politics as usual manipulate them to surrender.
The critics and sell outs will stick with the message that it would have been better to have ANY conservative than a Dem. Not in this case. This was no longer just about the Governor’s race but about the future of the Republican Party. The elitists had to understand that a compromise for
the sake of victory (which was never a possibility anyway with the ACP candidate) is not victory in 2010.
So as the pundits exhaust themselves trying to analyze things and pretend that they know what happened, or what thoughts rest in a candidate’s mind, or what motivates them to do what they do, I will thank you again for your support, hard work, and sacrifice over the last 20 months.
Help Us Close Up the Books
As most know, we delivered what may have been the most cost effective campaign in state history. We won the primary on approximately $175,000.00 and saved the Republican Party from minor party status on just under $300,000.00! That, of course, with no thanks to the Republican Party financially.
We need a little help closing our books. Your contribution of $50.00, $100.00, $250.00 up to $1,050.00 will help us make those final payments
to vendors and maybe even a bonus to one of the hardest working young ladies in politics, Jordan. Jordan worked as my scheduler, executive assistant, and driver for 11 months. Many days started at 6:00 AM and ended as late as midnight for Jordan and she earned every penny making
just $1,300.00/mo. For those of you who met Jordan you know she worked very hard and always had that beautiful smile on her face and a positive attitude that complemented her loyalty and dedication to our race…
…We are proud of the fact that we did not borrow to run our campaign. Your help will assure that we do not have to do it now.
What Is Next for Dan Maes?
My place in the conservative revolution will now take on a new role. I will be entering into a new private venture that will combine my entrepreneurial, small business background with my recent political experience to play a role in the support and guidance of the conservative revolution. We are building the infrastructure to this new venture as I type this message and I look forward to making an announcement in the next week or two.
What should be next for the conservative revolution? For what my opinion is worth these days, I strongly recommend that you stay the course. Continue your involvement in the Republican Party. As crazy as that may sound coming from someone who the party turned its back to; that is exactly why we must complete the task. We are half way there. Do not quit!
It has been an incredible journey getting to know all of Colorado over the last 20 months. We have an incredibly beautiful state but no beauty ever exceeded that of its people. I made friends that I hope I will be able to call my friends for years to come. I will treasure the trust you put in me and continue to strive for A Better Colorado.
May God Bless You All,
Paid for by Friends of Dan Maes for Governor
so what does he need the money for? Did he just not pay bills because he didn’t have the money? If he was all that fiscally responsible, he wouldn’t have paid for anything the money wasn’t in the bank for in the first place. Nice.
We could not have done it without you!
for which all future uses of the phrase “No Talent Ass-Clown” will be judged against…
for all those reimbursements.
You got that from the Onion, right? That’s satire, right? That can’t be a real e-mail from a real failed politician….?
Now Dan admits to working the hired help 18 hrs. a day at less than minimum wage so I’m thinking the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division deserves a call.
He paid her $1300/month or $325/week, which @40 hrs is $8.12/hour. But Dan admits that poor Jordan was on the clock for some straight 18 hr. stretches which should invoke OT.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does exempt some administative jobs but I don’t think driver can be categorized admin. So Dan should be in a heap of trouble for breaking labor & payroll laws.
True Tea Party fuck … screw the workers by paying your own daughter squat then ‘socialize’ your payroll asking others to cover your costs. He’s a real hero.
Salaried workers are kind of screwed here.
that is the problem, it is the fact that all salaried workers must make at least $455 per week in order to qualify for salary versus hourly pay. So, either 1.) Jordan was not an actual employee and she was wrongfully given campaign money; 2.) Jordan did not work the hours in the letter to donors and Dan Maes is lying in the letter he just sent to supporters, 3.) Dan broke the law by putting someone on salary and not paying them the minimum required by the FLSA.
I go with (C) personally, Dan Maes just showing his business prowess once again!
She probably worked as an independent contractor. Don’t go all crazy now, I’m almost positive she signed her own independent contract with the campaign.
In fact, it’s more than possible: it’s likely.