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Maes to answer questions in Avon

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
FILE - In this file photograph taken on Saturday, May 22, 2010, Dan Maes, right, and his wife, Karen, take the stage after results determined that Maes will face Scott McInnis in an August runoff election to select the Republicans' candidate for Colorado's governorship at the Colorado Republican State Assembly in Loveland, Colo. Maes, who received top billing in the August GOP primary, says that he supported Tea Party goals bfore the Republican Party embraced the ideas. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)



AVON – Local Republicans and conservatives are keeping the faith in Dan Maes, Colorado’s Republican candidate for governor.

Maes, who in recent weeks has faced opposition and pressure to step down as the Republican candidate, will be in Avon Sunday at Bob’s Place for a meet-and-greet and to answer questions from local voters.

Dr. Michael Schneider, organizer of the Vail Valley 9.12 Project, part of a nationwide movement of constitutional conservatives, said he’s still 100 percent behind Maes and believes most of the 90 or so members in the local group are as well.

“The grassroots people got this guy in at the (GOP state) assembly,” Schneider said. “More people voted for Maes in this primary than in the history of Republican primaries (in Colorado).”

Schneider hosted a meeting with local conservatives and third-party candidate Tom Tancredo last month in Eagle, confronting Tancredo about his candidacy for Colorado governor. Many conservatives say Tancredo’s third-party candidacy is ruining the chance for a conservative to get elected.

Since last month’s confrontation, state Republican leaders have asked both candidates to back out so the party can nominate a candidate that has a better shot at winning. This came after The Denver Post reported that Maes may have embellished his resume while campaigning.

“If both of these guys stay in, (Democratic candidate) John Hickenlooper wins,” Schneider said.

Tancredo is dedicated to the race, though. He has said the only way he’d drop out is if Maes does, too.

The state’s Republican executive committee has been concerned about Maes because he hasn’t raised much money, said Randy Milhoan, the chairman of the Eagle County Republican Committee.

Hickenlooper, on the other hand, has a lot of money.

It’s harder to raise money when a third-party candidate is undermining the potential to win, Milhoan said.

“We were just hoping on a one-on-one race against Hickenlooper,” Milhoan said.

Schneider said there’s still hope for Maes if the grassroots folks get out and vote in high enough numbers. In Eagle County, Schneider said it’s up to the unaffiliated voters to make a difference.

The purpose of Sunday’s event is to allow locals a chance to meet Maes and talk to him about the issues, Schneider said. The event isn’t a fundraiser, but donations won’t be refused, he said.

“(Maes) is a good guy, and he’s going to come out here and show it,” Schneider said.

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