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Since hapless GOP governor candidate Dan Maes has refused to be bribed off of the ballot by the state GOP, the GOP has apparently decided to embrace crazy Tom Tancredo

State GOP chairman Dick Wadhams is definitely singing a different tune these days when it comes to whether Republican Dan Maes will receive less than 10 percent of the vote in the governor’s race....

Under current law, if Maes falls below the 10 percent threshold, Colorado Republicans will become a minor-party, unable to raise as much money as Democrats. GOP candidate names will be listed on the ballot with other third-party nominees, such as the Greenies and Libertarians and unaffiliated candidates. Currently Democrats and Republicans get top billing on the ballot.

Maes trails Tancredo and Democrat John Hickenlooper.

Wadhams, who was livid when Tancredo got into the race because it split the conservative ticket, had nothing but kudos today for the former congressman.

“To his credit, he has established himself as the challenger to Hickenlooper. I think Tom is in a position to pull this off,” Wadhams said.

Apparently Wadhams is so intent on beating Dem Hickenlooper he's prepared to see his state's party lose its major party status for the next two elections. This means the Republican nominee for President in 2012 would be down at the bottom of the Colorado ballot with all the other fringe parties. Tancredo has gained a lot of ground in the past month, but with Hickenlooper leading in the polls by anywhere between four and 11 points, a Tancredo victory seems unlikely. So why Wadhams has decided to make this deal with this devil--and to watch the party he helms fall--is a mystery.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 09:48 AM PDT.

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