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July 15, 2010

WILL PLAGIARISM LEAD TO MCINNIS' OUSTER?.... If Republican Colorado gubernatorial hopeful Scott McInnis (R) expected his plagiarism controversy would be a one-day story, he's no doubt deeply disappointed. The scandal may even end his campaign.

In the latest revelation, the engineer McInnis blamed for the plagiarism is pushing back, making a compelling case that the Republican is lying. The charge adds new pressures to a campaign that appears to be in deep trouble.

Republicans in Colorado say he's a dead man walking, and they are exploring the ins and outs of what they can do to get another nominee. [...]

Sources in Colorado Republican circles say it's likely a matter of when, not if, McInnis will exit the race.

"Almost without exception, they think he is done," said one senior Colorado Republican granted anonymity to speak candidly.

"He may be the last one to know it, but he's dead in the water," said another. "It's likely he will resist heavily, but at some point he's got to realize this is a fact of life."

If the controversy does force McInnis from the race, the Denver Post reports that the state Republican Party faces a complicated procedural future. The conservative former congressman has been the presumptive gubernatorial nominee for quite a while, but the primary is not until Aug. 10. Most of the state will hold a vote-by-mail primary, and the ballots are due to go out by Monday.

The state GOP doesn't have confidence that businessman Dan Maes, McInnis' Republican opponent, can win the statewide contest, but state law seems to suggest that the party can't appoint a nominee unless both Maes and McInnis drop out. Colorado Department of State spokesperson Rich Coolidge is apparently researching this point further.

In the meantime, Republicans have already begun conversations with potential replacements.

For its part, the Denver Post, Colorado's largest newspaper, has called on McInnis to quit the race: "After revelations of plagiarism and other cases of questionable judgment, it's clear the GOP candidate is not fit to be governor."

Steve Benen 8:35 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (9)

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However, should he remain in the race and win, will his office be named the "Tom Lehrer" room?

Posted by: berttheclock on July 15, 2010 at 8:40 AM | PERMALINK

Heeheeheeheehee. For a bunch with High Moral Standards, these Replicants don't seem to have very high moral standards.

Posted by: Cap'n Chucky on July 15, 2010 at 8:41 AM | PERMALINK

Bert: not unless he does math better than he does science.

Posted by: Cap'n Chucky on July 15, 2010 at 8:42 AM | PERMALINK

If Republican Colorado gubernatorial hopeful Scott McInnis (R) expected his plagiarism controversy would be a one-day story.....

One wonders if McInnis lived in South Carolina or Alabama if it wouldn't be.

Posted by: Oh my on July 15, 2010 at 9:14 AM | PERMALINK

Since when has "questionable judgement" been a factor for voters in the party of stoopid?

Posted by: flyonthewall on July 15, 2010 at 9:18 AM | PERMALINK

The scandal may even end his campaign.

I really don't get this. When I say that lying is a core part of every GOP candidate's campaign strategy, I'm not kidding. McCain lies about immigration. Practically all GOP candidates are claiming that the economy was strong and vibrant under Bush, that his tax cuts were responsible, and that they didn't add to the deficit.

If that kind of dishonesty is tolerated, and even rewarded, why should anyone care about plagiarism?

Posted by: David Bailey on July 15, 2010 at 9:45 AM | PERMALINK

@ David Bailey

If that kind of dishonesty is tolerated, and even rewarded, why should anyone care about plagiarism?

Because plagiarism matters to the MSM, silly man.

Its one of the few sins they can't tolerate or ignore, because its one of the few sins which pose a real danger to them.

Posted by: efgoldman on July 15, 2010 at 1:17 PM | PERMALINK

The latest wrinkle for McInnis is that he’s trying to blame the plagiarism on a “consultant” who has a proud reputation in Colorado’s water world. The consultant is taking his case with the Denver Post, now making it look like McInnis is involved in covering-up his crime.

This all started with McInnis being paid $300,000 for a series of “Musings on Water” for the Hasan Family Foundation, a princely sum from a Republican-supporting muslim family foundation. For a Colorado politician of Scott’s standing to not be able to write about water off the top of head is an embarrassment. The fact that he plagiarized for what was a wingnut welfare project to begin with seems even beneath what Republicans are willing to bear.

Posted by: petorado on July 15, 2010 at 1:32 PM | PERMALINK

Already mentioned above, but I have to say it again in my words. This is an unexpected positive achievement for Colorado Republicans.
How many Republicans in this country would have qualms about unethical behavior among their own, let alone something rather small given their track record over the last 30 years? And, would a Confederate Republican even blink at such conduct? This is the party that condones torture! Glimmer of hope from Colorado.

Posted by: dennisS on July 15, 2010 at 3:00 PM | PERMALINK
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