Updated: October 6, 2010 at 12:00 am
Foundering Republican gubernatorial hopeful Dan Maes says he met with rival Tom Tancredo for an hour Tuesday at an undisclosed location in Morrison.
Maes said he agreed to the meeting, but was not swayed into dropping out of the race, which Tancredo has called for repeatedly.
“We thought it would be best to discuss what would be best for the people of Colorado,” Maes said during a meeting Wednesday with The Gazette’s editorial board. Maes declined to discuss further what the meeting with Tancredo was about.
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Tancredo and Maes have been engaged in a vicious battle for second place in the governor’s race. Tancredo, a former GOP congressman, has unleashed attack ads questioning Maes’ integrity and, in a recent Colorado Springs debate, Maes asked Tancredo whether he would support the prostitution of teenage girls.
Maes is convinced that Tancredo, representing the American Constitution party, will nosedive in the polls.
“He’s still a very polarizing figure,” Maes said of Tancredo.
Tancredo has said that Maes can’t win and is part of a chorus of voices, including several prominent Republicans, that has been calling for Maes to drop his gubernatorial bid.
A long-shot candidate, Maes won the GOP primary after frontrunner Scott McInnis fell from grace in a plagiarism scandal. Maes has had trouble of his own, settling a campaign finance case for $17,500 and battling allegations that he inflated his resume.
Still, Maes, says he can win if Tancredo plummets and frontrunner Democratic Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper sees his lead slip in the final days.
Tancredo has a similar theory. He says he can win if Maes takes another dive and Hickelooper falters.
Polls show Maes carrying 15 percent of the vote to Tancredo’s 35 percent. Hickenlooper leads the pair with 46 percent of the vote.
Maes said he has given some thought to dropping out.
“You have to consider it when you’re badgered day after day after day,” he said.