Buck withdraws support for Maes in governor’s race; defections pile up

U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck Friday joined the growing list of Colorado Republican notables distancing themselves from GOP candidate for governor Dan Maes.

“After having a lengthy conversation with [Maes], it is clear to me [he] is struggling to determine the best path for his campaign, his family and for Colorado,” Buck said in a release. “I have decided that I can no longer support his candidacy for governor of Colorado.”

Buck Campaign Press Secretary Owen Loftus told the Colorado Independent that Buck and Maes talked today on the phone and that the release says all the campaign wants to say on the matter for now.

Calls for Maes to leave the race have piled up in the days after reports confirmed a pattern of resume fudging on the part of the candidate. The Colorado Independent was among the first outlets to look into claims put forward by Maes testifying to his business acumen. The Independent reported that Meas stole client lists from a boss who said, given the choice, that he would never hire the candidate as an employee. Employees at a company in Kansas where Maes said he was vice president said they had never heard of him.

The Denver Post later unraveled more on the same topic and reported this week that Maes never worked as an undercover agent in Kansas, as he asserted, and through into serious doubt his implying that he was fired from the police force as a result of the undercover work because it had exposed official corruption.

The state Republican Party has been working behind the scenes to oust Maes ever since he won the primary at the beginning of August with tea party support.

Right-wing icon and former Congressman Tom Tancredo, disgusted by Maes’s lack of experience and qualifications, jumped into the race for governor this month on the American Constitution Party ticket.

“At least I know how long the legislature is in session,” he said mocking Maes.

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