Maes says Tancredo’s threat to run just ‘Tom being Tom’

Republican candidates for governor Scott McInnis and Dan Maes today called former Congressman Tom Tancredo’s bluff.

Tom Tancredo

Tancredo announced Thursday that he would enter the race as a third-party candidate if McInnis and Maes don’t announce that they will both drop out after the primary next month.

Tancredo gave the candidates until high noon Monday to agree to get out of the race.

Maes said he is not getting out of the race, and said he is not at all sure that Tancredo will follow through and join the fray as a candidate for the American Constitution Party.

“Tom certainly has the free will to do what he wants, but his statement was arrogant and absurd. I’m not convinced he is really committed to doing this. I think it might have just been Tom being Tom. I think the grassroots conservatives in this state will let him know that getting in the race would not be a wise decision,” Maes said.

McInnis told the Colorado Independent today via email, “It’s time for the people to vote, and I’m out there working to earn every vote.”

Not exactly a definitive statement, but not a capitulation either.

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Scot Kersgaard

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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