Although Maes has shown no signs that he'll get out of the race -- despite the open dismissiveness of GOP boss Dick Wadhams after his surprise win over ultimate insider Scott McInnis -- grown men (and women) have done amazing things to get a nod, a moment, an autograph from Elway.
And Elway, whose name has been floated as a potential candidate before, has the major attribute Wadhams and other GOP leaders would be looking for in a replacement candidate: money. Plus, unlike Dave Liniger, whose name has been floated, he has another attribute that would likely convince Tom Tancredo to get out of the race: popularity. Elway is still so popular in this state that he could give John Hickenlooper a run for his money.
Even if he makes Jon Caldara his running mate.