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Vail Daily letter: Surprise, GOP!

Dr. Michael Schneider
Vail, CO, Colorado

Thirteen members of the Vail Valley 9.12 Project attended the Colorado Republican State Assembly this past weekend. History was made as this was the first state assembly in which every delegate seat from every county in the state of Colorado was filled. The signage and promotion for Scott McInnis considerably outnumbered Dan Maes signage and promotion.

As the Eagle County chair for the “Dan Maes for Governor” campaign, I was concerned and hoped that Dan would get enough votes (31 percent) to be placed on the primary ballot in August.

Dan gave a very moving speech as to why he wants to be, and is qualified to be the next governor of Colorado.

We waited on tenderhooks for the results and here they are:

n Dan Maes received 49.35 percent.

n Scott McInnis received 48.89 percent.

This means that Dan Maes and Scott McInnis will battle it out in the Republican primary in August with Dan’s name first on the ballot.

In addition, Ken Buck became the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate with over 70 percent of the vote. Stephen Bailey and Bob Brancato will be on the ballot seeking to be the candidate to unseat Jared Polis in Colorado House District 2.

One must ask: Why was every delegate seat filled? Why did this bright, “never a politician” true conservative by the name of Dan Maes beat a seasoned old-school politician?

The answer lies in these names: Scott Brown, Rand Paul, Bob Bennett, Arlen Specter and others who have experienced the benefit or the disdain of the new breed of the concerned, disgruntled electorate.

We are tired of the old-school politicians in both parties. We are tired of the RINOs.

The Republican Party needs to wake up and realize that there is a new sunrise.

This sunrise includes the 9.12 Projects and Tea Parties around the nation.

Kudos to all who worked to make it to this historic assembly no matter which candidates you supported.

I have always made a point of saying that “Participation is the road to change,” and folks we have participated!

Dr. Michael Schneider

Organizer, Vail Valley 9.12 Project

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