Dan Maes, the GOP gubernatorial candidate last year, is now writing a book about the governor’s race.
The conservative blog Colorado Peak Politics, reported last Friday that Maes sent an email to former supporters announcing the tome, tentatively titled “Running Without Cowboy Boots.” He chose the title because he said that’s one of the primary reasons he lost–because he wasn’t Western enough.
“It seemed like every candidate in the state wore cowboy boots except me. That’s why I lost, right!?” Maes wrote.
Maes defeated former congressman Scott McInnis for the GOP nomination, but then was crushed in the general election by now-Gov. John Hickenlooper and former congressman Tom Tancredo, who ran as an independent.
After he lost the Republican primary to McInnis, he says “campaign terrorists” became involved in the race.
Maes was dogged throughout the last leg of the campaign by scandal after scandal, including campaign finance violations and allegations that he lied about his record about being involved in a police sting while he was a cop in Kansas.
Maes’s email says the book will be 150 pages long. From the email:
I want the book to address 4 things:
1. The truth about the smoke filled rooms, GOP manipulation, pressure to exit, and more.
2. The full details behind the controversial subjects that fed the media machine and contributed to our downfall. You get the facts first hand and can decide for yourselves what the truth is.
3. Setting the record straight on who Dan Maes really is and not who talk show hosts and Post writers say Dan Maes is.
4. Discussing my faith walk throughout the campaign. From day one I wanted my campaign to reflect that faith still has a place in who we are and what we stand for as individuals privately and politically.
5. We hope to have photos of many of you and some of you will be mentioned as important people to our campaign (and a few who we wish weren’t). It will serve as a record for some and even some therapy for me.
Maes says in the email that the book is undergoing edits, and that he should have a “first draft” within “a few weeks.”