Maes wins tight GOP race

Gubernatorial candidate rides tea party support to slim victory

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— Businessman Dan Maes rode support from tea party groups to claim Colorado’s Republican gubernatorial primary, defeating former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis.

Maes said tea party core values of limited government, fiscal responsibility, free enterprise, religious freedom, the value of life, family values and freedom of education fit like a glove with his own.

“My campaign and the birth of the party happened simultaneously,” he said.

McInnis, who served six terms in Congress, failed to recover after it was revealed that he plagiarized parts of a water study for which he was paid $300,000 by a Colorado foundation.

Maes overcame his own troubles in winning Tuesday: He was fined $17,500 for campaign finance violations and drew criticism about remarks that he would fire thousands of state workers.

The rocky campaigns prompted former U.S. Rep. Tom Tanc­redo to bolt from the party and run for governor on the American Constitution Party ticket.

Denver Mayor John Hick­enlooper will be the Democrat on the November ballot. He faced no opposition.

The Denver Post also called the race for Maes.

How Routt County voted

Colorado governor, Republican primary

Dan Maes: 53 percent

Scott McInnis: 47 percent

Comments

beentheredonethat 3 years, 8 months ago

why no story about how old bob mconnell lost big time to scott tipton???

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housepoor 3 years, 8 months ago

Watch out bikers, Maes is on to your UN ties and plot for world domination!!!

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 8 months ago

And now Hickenlooper is the overwhelming favorite to be our next governor. Maes benefited from a spectacular self destruction by Scott McInnis (what's a little plagiarism fraud among friends?). Unless the Denver bike program giving sovereignty to the UN issue runs deeper than the average right wingnut conspiracy theory, then Maes is toast.

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seeuski 3 years, 8 months ago

The man has foresight Scott, we have seen the agenda for the last 18 months and with Clinton righting off our 2nd amendment rights to the UN we need to be on our guard. I guess there is no AGW conspiracy where the UN is trying to control our carbon footprint through the spread the wealth agenda. Naaa, would never happen. Lets just see how things shake out over the next couple of months before you guys pop your latte corks. I have more faith in Coloradans then that.

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pitpoodle 3 years, 8 months ago

Maybe McInnis can be VP. A little plagiarism fraud never hurt "bite me" Biden.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 8 months ago

Um, paraphrasing that Neil Kinnock speech basically ended Biden's prior attempt at the nomination so it certainly "hurt" him.

Scott McInnis copied work and received $300K for that. If he had been asked to do legitimate work instead of being paid by some think tank that wanted to support him while he prepared to run for office again then he'd have been prosecuted for fraud.

Yeah, everything is a conspiracy. Though it appears he doesn't believe in your birther conspiracy.

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pitpoodle 3 years, 8 months ago

Who mentioned conspiracy? Biden is VP his fraud didn't hurt him politically.

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JustSomeJoe 3 years, 8 months ago

Ski - "clinton righting off our 2nd amendent rights to the UN.." you may be on to something. A blue helmeted UN soldier came by this afternoon to ask if I had a handgun or a rifle they could confiscate, but I had read your post and knew I should deny having a gun. Close one, whew! thanks for the heads up!

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Matthew Stoddard 3 years, 8 months ago

JustSomeJoe- Were they on bicycles? (And wouldn't that be "clinton 'lefting' off our 2nd Amendment...?") And how can we be on guard if our 2nd Amendment lefts were righted off? Maybe somebody misunderestimated Clinton and Parliament Funk. Should we refudiate it? (Dang! It's hard work making fun of people over and over again.)

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pitpoodle 3 years, 8 months ago

Biden pilfered (not para phased) Neil Kinnock's words (not once but a number of times)but this was not an isolated incident. He also helped himself to Robert Kennedy's words and Hubert Humphrey's too. Exaggeration of his college academic accomplishments, and the press picking up on it, forced him to end his presidential bid. I don't condone what McInnis did but hey, maybe he'll be the next VP.

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seeuski 3 years, 8 months ago

right vs write, happens once in a while even to the sausage. Glad you guys have no prob losing your rights to the UN. Great stuff, I guess as long as we have a left winger in the WH everything is cool.

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NamVet 3 years, 8 months ago

Seeuski, you must drink heavily to come up with the all BS you put out each and every day. Get a life and become a productive citizen for a change.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 8 months ago

Well, I suggest there is a slight difference between taking material from others for a political speech vs taking material from others for paid work that you claim as your own. In Biden's case, he hurt his supporters and his chances of getting the nomination. In Scott McInnis' case, he took money and so those that paid him could have pursued it to the full extent of the law. It is politics so he can always try again, but there is one thing about requiring the voters to forget, but if Hickenlooper wins then Colorado has a Democratic governor for redistricting and Republican establishment can complain that McInnis should never have run and let Norton or whomever run instead. So Republican establishment might blame him and they might have longer memories than the voters.

You know what is worse than being controlled by the UN, that in the future we will be controlled by an interstellar Federation of planets. I've seen it lots on time on TV showing marxist communists socialists called Kirk, Spock and Picard. Those guys never talk about money and almost never do capitalist things like go shopping for guns.

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JustSomeJoe 3 years, 8 months ago

How's the weather out in the lunatic fringe Seeuski? It rained here tonight, was nice.

So pull together this UN taking away my right to bear arms in Colorado, or any state for that matter, issue. Don't give me a link to some crackpot site, you do know it doesn't have to be the truth to publish it on the internets, right? 2-3 sentences on how Sec of State Clinton (or are you talking about former president Clinton?) is working with the UN to violate my 2nd amendment rights, and take away my S&W .40, and my 30.06.

Kielbasa - The mormons came on bicycles. The UN guys pulled up in a humvee. Google "low hanging fruit" and most of the links point back to one profile's posts on www.steamboatpilot.com.>

pitpoodle 3 years, 8 months ago

Scott, I hope you are not saying that it is acceptable for Biden to plagiarize for political advancement but not OK for McInnis to do the same because he was paid? If it is wrong for the Republican, it is wrong for the Democrat and wrong for anyone else. It is stealing. Period.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 8 months ago

pit, I did not say it was okay for Biden. I am just saying that there is an added wrong when being paid $300K for stolen work.

There is also a difference between a speech and written work. Speech writing, even great ones, often borrow phrases and themes from other speeches and attributing the sources is not practical in a speech. But written work allows and expects proper recognition of original sources. So it is a greater error to plagiarize written work than a speech.

Which is why Biden was able to politically recover because it could be seen as a mistakes in speeches and he did not steal when writing. And Biden making mistakes when talking is commonplace.

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