Maes responses only sort of clear up questions on career history, resume

Responding to questions raised Wednesday by the Colorado Independent, GOP candidate for governor Dan Maes said that the resume posted at his campaign website is out of date and that he is no longer vice-president of sales at Advantage Credit Bureau of Fargo, North Dakota, the company he says purchased his own credit-reporting business in 2008.

“I discontinued that relationship in February of 2009,” he said. He added that it was “odd” that people at the company say they have never heard of him.

The Colorado Independent has made numerous calls to Advantage Credit and been told by several people there, at least one of whom worked there when Maes reportedly joined the firm, that they had never heard of Dan Maes. Advantage Credit Owner Mary Campell has not responded to multiple voicemails and an email.

As for allegations that he took customer lists with him to use in starting his own business when he resigned in 2005 from Advantage Credit in Evergreen (no connection with Advantage Credit in North Dakota), Maes said he did not take customer lists with him.

“I did call on their customers, though. They were my customers as well,” he said.

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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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