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May 13, 2011 10:04 PM UTC

Dan Maes Still Mad...At Everybody

  • by: Colorado Pols

Republican Dan Maes, the 2010 GOP nominee for Governor (it still feels weird to write that) is apparently not letting his bygones, uh, be.

We didn’t have a chance to get to this earlier in the week, but didn’t want to forget to mention it. On Tuesday, Maes sent out a long note to supporters and people who “want the truth” detailing his continued anger at Tom Tancredo, Steve Durham, Bob Beauprez, Josh Penry, etc., etc. We were forwarded Maes’ “newsletter” as it appeared on a Facebook page, and we’ve included the entire missive after the jump.

The 2010 election is old news, certainly, but it’s interesting to read Maes’ detailed account of some of the events leading up to his nomination for Governor, as well as his calling out a handful of Republicans individually:

Bob Beauprez – you broke my heart.  You mentored me and you called me from Chicago right after the assembly to congratulate me personally.  Your radio commercial was a betrayal to me and conservative voters.

Freda Poundstone – you called me 4-5 times a day, even at 7:00 AM on the weekend to snoop around while acting like you supported me.  Shame on you.  You gave 300.00 to another candidate and told him not to cash it until after his election.  The games you played.

Josh Penry – you were a hired gun that could not hit a target.  Your political capital is gone except in parts of GJ and with some of your cronies.

Greg Brophy – you sell out to whomever Penry tells you to.

Ted Harvey – be thankful for your strong R base in Douglas County.  Their loyalty to you is admirable and your loss for chair has been your chastisement.

Click after the jump to read the full “newsletter,” complete with references to The Christmas Story, Men In Black and a sermon about giving forgiveness 77 times.


Calling A Spade a Spade


There are many classic movie bullies.  One of my favorites is the kid from The Christmas Story.  You remember him don’t you?  The tall one with the coonskin cap, braces on his teeth, and a bad chip on his shoulders.  Ralphie got his vengeance one day when he finally lost his cool and pummeled the poor kid with years of rage that had built up.  A classic!

Next to the common bully or gang of thugs is the more annoying one.  Come on, you know the one.  The short one with the big mouth.  He wants to be the bully but only talks smack when his gang is around to protect him.  If he spoke without the gang he would likely get his butt kicked.

These guys are not usually welcome at the spring formal or invited to the social event of the year.  Why?  Because they are who they are, they ticked off the wrong people, or they simply went over the line one too many times and no one wants them around.  If they show up, you know there is going to be trouble and it’s better for everyone if they just stay away.

Well, the bully of the 2010 election has decided he wants to hang out with the popular kids and he just is not feeling the love (tissue please).  That’s right, Tom Tancredo has friends trying to grease the skids for him at Lincoln Day Dinners.  “Uh hem, Mrs. Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth would like to join you for dinner.  He asked me to speak for him because he felt a little uncomfortable asking for himself”.  History buffs, just go with it.

Scripture says we are to forgive not just 7 times but 77 times.  During a great sermon on unforgiveness a month ago I broke down when I was convicted for the same.  I had let my anger get between me and God and that was a bad place to be.  I chose to forgive; but forgetting is another thing.  It is extremely interesting to me that it is the offenders who preach the message of “let’s put the past behind us”.  I had done so but just this week some of you asked me to revisit some of the details in an effort to shine the light on the truth so many who were mislead will hopefully not make the same mistake again.

Premeditated Assault on the Republican Party

Remember the memory erasure in Men In Black?  The feds waved a cool device with a bright light in front of a citizens eyes to erase their most recent memory of an alien encounter.  Folks, we are not talking about the Both Ways Bob thing of 2006, nor the poor judgement of running vicious attack ads during a primary.  We are talking about the premeditated, intentional, attack of BOTH the Republican Party AND its rightfully elected candidate.  Folks, do not look into the light!

Let’s revisit the highlights:

Summer of 2009 I am told to meet with TT and his henchman Steve Durham (see loud mouth and bully above) by one of their old friends who thought I could get them on board.  TT chooses not to attend but Durham does.  The conflicting environment of the beauty of the Garden of the Gods Club and the ugly conversation that took place was prophetic of the highs and lows of campaigning.  Durham proceeded to tell me how I could not get from here to there and win.  The conversation was like a verbal whooping and intended to convince me I was irrelevant.  Then his bravado reached out toward McInnis when he stated that he would see to it that McInnis did not make it past September if he had anything to do with it.  You see, this machinery was being prepped for manufacturing their candidate, Josh Penry. Need we talk about the track record of 30 something Josh’s in Denver?&n bsp;

November 2009.  TT starts rattling his sabre about entering the race for Governor as an R. He has his shot, he chokes.

Fast forward to spring of 2010 when some no name got 40% of the caucus straw poll for Governor.  Soon appeared the websitewww.danmaescan’ .  That’s right (currently down for maintenance)!  Stay with me here folks, it gets better.  The spokesman on the website was Big Ben Goss, the leader of the American Constitution Party.   That’s right, the guy who stepped aside so TT could run on the ACP ticket.  The video droned on about the exact same thing TT had droned on to me about in private as to why I could not win, money and the lack of it as well as lack of power broker support.

Then comes a few weeks before the assembly and the rumor is that TT will try to flank both me and Scott with some floor maneuver to get on the ballot.  He will swoop in and save us all.  He chokes again.  As I said above, talk is cheap when there is no one to back it up.

Need we even revisit the ugly events of TT and Wadhams on the Boyles show?  Yes, I think so.  I never thought Dick was behind TT early on.  I think he got on board later.  The show revealed TT’s disgust with the Republican party that was backfiring at him and Dick was the face of the machine.

Finally we have the High Noon Show Down and the general election.  TT was literally demonstrating his arrogance and possibly his psychopath side.  Did anyone really think we would listen?  Did anyone really think either one would step aside?  The man who had no loyalty to the party and said multiple times, “the party is just a vehicle to accomplish my goals” was threatening the party’s candidates.  His actions would lead to the loss of the election for R’s, the loss of bonus members, and potentially lead to the party becoming a minority party.  If you do not know what that means then you have no clue what damage he could have caused all current and future R candidates!  


Can You Explain the Hysteria?

I still speak with a mentor who supported me publicly, pulled his support publicly, and then encouraged me not to drop out.  Yea, you read that right.  He jokingly challenged me  over breakfast to hire a specialist in mass human behavior to explain the quick and massive movement of support to TT when he got in once and for all.  Even he was shocked at the speed and size of it.  Many made the move for many reasons but I think most of it was the fear of backing the loser.  That is one of the most weak and politically motivated reasons I have ever seen or heard of and, in this case, reflected a temporary irrationality and lack of reason  given even the most novice of voters knew TT could not win a statewide race.


I understand the mass mentality for the average voters but some made calculated decisions to also betray the party and they must be held accountable.

Bob Beauprez – you broke my heart.  You mentored me and you called me from Chicago right after the assembly to congratulate me personally.  Your radio commercial was a betrayal to me and conservative voters.

Freda Poundstone – you called me 4-5 times a day, even at 7:00 AM on the weekend to snoop around while acting like you supported me.  Shame on you.  You gave 300.00 to another candidate and told him not to cash it until after his election.  The games you played.

Josh Penry – you were a hired gun that could not hit a target.  Your political capital is gone except in parts of GJ and with some of your cronies.

Greg Brophy – you sell out to whomever Penry tells you to.

Ted Harvey – be thankful for your strong R base in Douglas County.  Their loyalty to you is admirable and your loss for chair has been your chastisement.

There are others my Patriot friends but I fear the list is too long and they will be forgiven by their obscurity into the future.

I promised an article on Patriot Groups in this addition but that will have to wait another week.  I will explore what groups walk their talk and which ones sold out their principles for personal gain.

Until next time,

Dan Maes


39 thoughts on “Dan Maes Still Mad…At Everybody

  1. Now that’s a rant. And just think, crazyboy could have been our governor. We could have enjoyed these missives for four years.  

    1. Crazyboy Crybaby Maes never even remotely had a shot at Governor.  

      Now that I see this, he reminds me of the Saturday Night Live parody of Admiral Stockdale when they would just have him shout buzzwords in the middle of a debate sketch…


  2. Bitter and surprisingly uninteresting.

    The games you played.

    Dramatic. He caught that this was an election and not a Fox reality show on speed dating, right?

  3. Anybody paying a modicum of attention during the primary knew this guy was bananas and laughably unqualified to be governor. Then ask yourself, what was the final straw that really made the rest of the party jump ship? It’s still not a disqualifier in Republican circles to mouth crazy talk, and that, I believe, is how Dan Maes lasted as long as he did before they realized they had a problem.

  4. Dan Maes was in charge. Dan Maes was the one making decisions to take mileage from campaign funds at what appeared to voters to be exorbitant rates. Dan Maes is who campaigned against the UN and bicycles

  5. Dan Maes will never be a legitimate or desirable candidate for anything significant. He never had a chance of being elected Governor. But the Colorado GOP would do well to listen to him when he criticizes how they treat their own. Is it any coincidence that they’re bleeding potential candidates?

    The Colorado Republican Party has the same recruitment problem as the national GOP. Their bench sucks, and they can’t win elections that by all rights they should win.

    I didn’t think I’d ever say this a year ago (much less twice–I think I said it, reluctantly, about a previous post-election rant) but somebody should really listen a little bit to what Dan Maes has to say.

    1. Obama ruined the 9/11 fear angle by bagging, tagging and throwing Bin Laden’s body into the sea so now what do they have to offer?  Nothing.

      Hate the evil government is so stale it makes Reagan look fresh and it is the evil government levees that is keeping the Mississippi from washing away all those red states.

      Protecting Big Oil and the Rich and getting rid of Medicare aren’t exactly things that resonates with the average voter so again what do they have to offer?  A pretty messenger like Scott Brown is still going to be delivering dog shit in a bag for these folks.  Colorado isn’t any better for them either.  McInnis?  Tancredo?  Penry?.

      They are so out of everything including ideas.

  6. lone madman.  We wouldn’t even know his name if it weren’t for the collective craziness of the Republican Party.  He was their candidate.

    And problems with candidate recruitment and vetting can occur in both parties.

  7. 11 months out of the year, shit like this is Amaesing, but .

    He should have made it shorter and had a picture.

    For example:

    Never having run for or held any public office before, I was shocked and hurt  how mean everyone was as they got to know me.

    Politics is hard.

    But my faith gives me so much.

    Angry face

  8. the Colorado GOP has propped up guys far worse (or maybe equally as bad)?  That’s what political parties do:  they pick their boys and prop them up.  They just didn’t do it for dan because he wasn’t one of them.  now I’m sure some of you guys are real historians on this issue and can name a bunch of LOSERS who WON because the GOP made it happen. If you’re not from The Colorado GOP Good Ole Boy’s Club, you’re out.  period.

  9. The GOP in Colorado has a primary system where victory is based on whose senior and who “kisses the ring” – important parts to take away from Dan’s letter and personally, I believe every word he’s saying  

    1. Ron Paul was supposed to be Colorado’s 2008 nominee but the party broke its own rules.

      Republicans should get rid of the caucus system and all the other hoopla. Determine nomine via dictatorship, it would be less convoluted.

        1. Please provide example of posting in wrong thread?

          Let me explain it for you.

          Dan Maes is mad because he received the nomination and not the support.  If I were him I would be pissed. If I were a Republican who supports and attends the caucus process I would be pissed. Not that I wanted Dan to be governor but he process has to be respected. Same problem with our Federal and State Constitution, Republicans do not want to follow the rules.

          The same BS game Dan Faced was also played on Ron Paul during the 2008 Presidential election. Any people who attend the process, knows Ron Paul won yet the old guard hijacked the process and literally violated their own rules.

          Republicans deserve to lose. They have no ideology or action strategy.

            1. One of the best westerns ever.  I love it, but I have a slight edit:

              Hackman: “I’ll see you in hell Eddie Money !”  Eddie Money then breaks out his rendition of Take Me Home Tonight with Ronnie Spector.  Gene Hackman dies immediately.

              1. Clint would have to shoote Eddie Money and Ronnie Spector.  I’d have no real problem with- except it would mean the big kill Little Bill build up  would have been diluted by killing two other worthless bastards.

          1. Were you one of those idiots standing around outside the 2008 GOP State Assembly shouting crap and taunting people and trying to get on camera with your immaturity, or were you one of those morons inside screeching to vote the Ron Paul slate?

  10. I understand Dan’s frustration but I think he has misplaced it.  

    Republicans suffer from a serious case of disorganization. Why put forth a candidate or citizen initiative if you are going to turn around and not support it? There are limited resources, is wasting them, in the best interest of freedom? Republicans need to agree on candidates and initiative prior to putting them forward to the public.

    Kinda reminds me Of Dan. He promised Freda he would support the ugly 3 and then he reneged. What a waste. Yes, Freda is a busy body but that is no excuse for Dan to lie.

    The Republican franchise deserves to lose every election from here to eternity.

    A football team with 11 Terrell Owens on the field at the same time. Yeah that’s going to work well.

    The Independence Institute is also part of the problem. They want credit for everything, suffer from disorganization and have a clown at the helm. Guess that is what happens when nobody is demanding you generate profit.

    Until an objectivist brings me the mystery engine at a price I can afford, you aren’t squat!

    Damn I wish Ayn Rand picked a location other than Colorado for her collective of mini Gods.

    1. about having rational solutions to real problems and obsessing about controlling women and subjecting them to the control of the nanny state.  Just saying having junk personalities is just part of their problem.

    1. Even if Tanc had only seen 5% of the vote Maes would’ve lost, party support or not. But he doesn’t seem upset about losing so much as everyone picking on him. Leave Dan alone!! That kind of thing.

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