Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Dan Maes's lieutenant governor pick will be his first big test

Dan Maes is about to make his first big move as the official Republican Party candidate for governor -- and no, it's not getting out of the race, as all those official Republican Party officials are still hoping, or complaining to the Denver Post about unfair coverage.

It's picking his lieutenant governor.

With a Tuesday deadline prescribed by state law, Maes spent the weekend interviewing candidates. One guess: It won't be Freda Poundstone, the longtime political operative who gave Maes $300 for something -- maybe a mortgage, maybe his campaign.

What is it with Republican candidates throwing senior citizens under the bus? Didn't Maes learn anything from Scott McInnis pushing plagiarism blame onto 82-year-old Rolly Fischer?

Poundstone is now supporting Tancredo, but she won't be his running mate, either. Turns out he's keeping Doug Campbell, the American Constitution Party candidate who was originally running with Benjamin Goss, the candidate who agreed to step aside so that Tancredo could take his place on top of the ballot.

Campbell talked up Tancredo's switch to the ACS in a July Westword interview. Presumably, then, he's off Maes's short list.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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