Letters to the Editor

An open letter to candidate Dan Maes: For the sake of the state, please get out of the governor’s race

Oct. 20, 2010

Dear Mr. Maes,

The Western Slope Conservative Alliance represents the largest grassroots effort in the state and we were among the first to acknowledge your campaign and many on our board were among some of your staunchest supporters. We have watched your campaign for Governor from the beginning and have been sorely disappointed with the way your campaign has operated since the primary.

Our concerns can be placed into two categories.

We were disappointed that, in this year of voters demanding honesty from their candidates and parties, you have chosen to be less than forthcoming with regard to your background. Your inability to be forthcoming from the start makes you look like just another politician. The questions surrounding your service in law enforcement; the misleading financial information; and the inability of your campaign to be fiscally responsible are among the reasons to question your fitness for office. Your evasions and explanations of your mistakes are not what the voters are looking for in this year’s election. You are simply not the candidate we believed you to be. Due to many of these issues the question begs, if you are incapable of managing a campaign, how will you be able to manage a $19 billion state budget?

Secondly, due to a lack of confidence with the voters, the polls show you at no more than 12 percent. You cannot win. We appreciate the fact that you did win the primary and went through the process and acknowledge that out of principle you want to see this thing through. However, this office and the State of Colorado are bigger than any one person.

With that being said, it is with difficulty that we now make the call for you to withdraw from the Governor’s race. We ask this not for the good of any specific party or person but for the good of Colorado. We feel that nothing worse could befall Colorado than four more years of a liberal in the Governor’s office. Your 12 percent of the vote at which you are now polling could make the difference between a new day for Colorado and Sanctuary Colorado.

Mr. Maes, the time has come to set aside ego and act with the honor and integrity we had hoped you possessed when you announced your candidacy. Time is of the essence and we implore you and those supporting you to get behind Mr. Tancredo in the best interest of our beloved state.

The Board of the Western Slope
Conservative Alliance

Grand Junction