Fake robocalls saying Maes is dropping out

From CBS (Denver)

GOP gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes says a round of automated phone calls telling registered Republicans he’s dropping out of the race and endorsing his GOP opponent are false.

Maes has notified Attorney General John Suthers of the fraudulent calls and is denouncing those behind them.

Editorial note – whoever is doing this is despicable.

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  1. Barron X says:


    There are so many folks who might think that they’d benefit, it is hard to pick one as the likely suspect.


  2. peacemonger says:

    Jsut wondering. He hasn’t been in the news yet today. I thought the tv news would have been getting quotes from him about the Arizona law ruling.

  3. bjwilson83 says:

    He’s had paid operatives bashing Maes for months now.

  4. If he really filed the complaint with Suthers, I doubt it’s his own campaign trying to get sympathy.  Someone quick check with Suthers to verify the complaint.

    Other than that, could be just about anyone.  McInnis is ‘in it to win it’ – could be him.  Tancredo might feel his message diminished should Maes win the primary – could be him.  Could be an independent Tea Party fanatic trying to boost sympathy for Maes.  No real good reason for any Dem group to try this…

    • MADCO says:

      Suthers confirmed it on Caplis & Silverman this afternoon.

      I doubt it was Maes.

      He doesn’t strike me as the guy who thinks that way.  

    • AristotleAristotle says:

      would be the most likely suspects, along with the state GOP. Both groups need Maes to fail more than anyone else.

    • ohwilleke says:

      A robocall run costs money, there aren’t all that many firms capable of doing them, and in the world of caller ID I would think it would be relatively easy to figure out which one is doing it.  Determine the firm and bank records and business records should make it clear who was paying for it.

      My guess would be a conservative 527 with a director gone rogue and acting without donor involvement, or an individual wealthy Republican, who is trying to throw the contest to McInnis so that he can resign and be replaced by someone else.  

      The person directing the robocall probably thinks he is acting for the good of the party, realizes that once the primary is over that the results will probably stand even if it is unfair if none of the candidates’ organizations are at fault, and is willing to take the fall if need be for what he sees as the good of the state.

      The person responsible is also probably right that the primary results will stand even if it is a close race and the robocall does tip the race to McInnis is no particular candidate’s organization can be fingered.

  5. Laughing Boy says:

    If I think this is kind of hilarious?

  6. Half Glass FullHalf Glass Full says:

    After all, he’s the biggest threat to liberty nowadays.

  7. jmatt12 says:

    Or at least been able to get a transcript.  Most robocalls tend to end up on answering machines.  The fact that none of these actual calls have surfaced makes me a bit suspicious.  

    • bjwilson83 says:

      from the Complete Colorado guy I believe.

    • According to AG Suthers, Maes really did file a complaint about this.  Given the resources of the AG’s office and one or two recipients of the call, the phone company should be able to provide records of who placed the call.

      This isn’t something a sane person would complain about to the authorities if they didn’t think it would be verified by an investigation.

      • jmatt12 says:

        I must simply be too jaded, but I don’t see McInnis or Tancredo doing something like this.  It has far too much potential to blow up in their faces to even go there.  I have yet to hear from anyone who happened to receive one of these calls, haven’t heard a tape of it, or even read a transcript.  This sounds to me like something that a campaign supporter calls up to HQ with, saying that they can’t believed they received a call like this, the campaign believes it because it plays their “everyone in the Party is against us” narrative.  It also comes on the heels of Tancredo/Wadhams cagematch.  

        Nothing more than a gut hunch developed from being involved in enough campaigns, but in the end, I am thinking this turns out to be an unsubstantiated accusation that it good for one or two news cycles.  Then again… I was highly skeptical when I heard reports of Joe G’s “Dan Maes can’t win” robocalls, until I actually received one.

  8. Half Glass FullHalf Glass Full says:

    So Dan MAY records a robo-call, and in it he makes clear that HE is NOT running for governor (so no one will mistake him for Dan MAES), and then of course it gets listened to in a hurry and misinterpreted that Dan MAES is no LONGER running for governor, and…

    Hoo boy.

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