Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes raised eyebrows and kickstands last week, when he suggested that a Denver bicycling program supported by presumptive Democratic nominee and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper was some kind of UN plot. Today on MSNBC, Maes was forced to try to explain. But instead of backpedaling, Maes just rode right on ahead.
“The bike program in and of itself is fine,” Maes said. “What I’m concerned about is what’s behind it all.”
“We’re trying to differentiate myself from the Mayor,” he said. Maes argued that if he wins the primary, “people are going to say, ‘What’s the differences?’ because we’re both business people. When the mayor signs on to a program that’s sponsored by the United Nations, that should bring concern to people as to how that program may or may not be compatible with our state constitution.”
The primary is Tuesday, and the latest PPP poll of the race showed Maes trailing Scott McInnis by one point, 41%-40%.
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