McInnis Freaks Out Over “Pledge” on Friendly Talk Show

You really have to listen to this to believe it, folks. Yesterday afternoon, gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis appeared on the Caplis and Silverman show on KHOW talk radio. The subject of the day was, of course, yesterday’s Denver Post story about McInnis’ 2004 promise to donate his leftover federal campaign funds to charity–as you know that didn’t happen, the money was instead used mostly to fund Republican candidates and McInnis’ own “shadow” gubernatorial campaign. Caplis and Silverman tried to ask a few simple questions about it, and here’s what happened:

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Before you draw any conclusions, it’s important to remind people who Craig Silverman and Dan Caplis are. Nominally a conservative/liberal debate program, “liberal” Silverman is known locally as the Alan Colmes of Denver talk radio to Caplis’ very lifelike Sean Hannity. Silverman is about as far from a ‘hard-hitting’ liberal host as you can get, a pretty deferential guy overall, and Caplis makes no secret of his indefatigable support for all things GOP.

Remember that when Caplis says to McInnis near the end of the interview, “This is beneath you. And it’s beneath the office you’re running for.” Caplis and Silverman have had many less notable guests on their program, facing much tougher questions. McInnis, by comparison, sounds paranoid, combative, and decidedly–we’ll say it–un-gubernatorial. It’s pretty shocking stuff.

Based on this performance, if it was ever McInnis’ intention to sell himself as a polished statesman who can “stay cool under fire,” he’s going to need to, ah, rethink that strategy.


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  1. The realistThe realist says:

    You really have to listen to the full clip – bad from start to finish.  And talk about softball questions – McInnis wasn’t even remotely being given a hard time.  It was actually a “gift” – here’s a story coming up in the Denver Post, how would you like to respond.  And even Silverman’s follow up questions are nothing questions.  Instead of taking it as an opportunity he acts as if he’s being attacked – by conservative radio!  

    • twas brillig says:

      I’m about half-way through, when McInnis starts mocking Craig for attacking hospice, and going after him for “quoting Huttner” when the old boy is just trying to read the Post story to set McInnis up to knock it down. Bizarre!

      McInnis has clearly lost his mind. What would this guy do in a real interview?

      I’ve been saying for a while that McInnis is long in the tooth when it comes to competitive campaigning, and that ranking him as an automatically strong statewide candidate vastly overestimates his abilities. Listening to this guy strangle himself with his own shoelaces just reinforces my opinion.  

      • Middle of the Road says:

        saying he loves to give to charity and then equating a donation to a GOP candidate to giving to charitable causes?

        Start to finish, this is 8 minutes of hostile, assholish behavior and Caplis said it all–it’s beneath Scott to behave so badly, particularly when running for the state’s highest office.

        If he isn’t utterly embarrassed by his defensive, tough guy stance, then he is even more clueless than he appears during this interview.

        • ArdentAdmirer2 says:

          This is the kind of story that just keeps on giving.  Scooter has turned a one day story into a week or more of stories.  The next shoe to drop will be the fancy car they purchased with campaign funds and were still using after Scooter left office.  

        • twas brillig says:

          Hilarious. He’s so defensive he seems clueless that he’s just digging the hole deeper.

          Fact: In the 2008 cycle, Western Way spent nearly a quarter of million dollars — and $0 of that went to another candidate committee.

          But that he would mentally equate political influence peddling with charitable giving is hysterical.  

        • One Queer Dude says:

             That reminds me of when Mitt Romney was asked last year about the fact that none of his 5 sons ever served in Iraq or Afghanistan, and his response was that they were working on his presidential campaign which is the same thing!

      • mtnhigh says:

        Micheal Sluttner is the perfect example of what is WRONG with politics today!  That hack makes his money off dividing people and playing the lowest form of politics!

        If we could curb the influence of political “consultants” who push for agressive political ads (so they can get their cut), or try to “handle” candidates so they don’t actually answer questions, or play cheap, crap political hitman games, we would ALL be much better off as an electorate!

        • redstateblues says:

          So Progress Now should just disappear and let all the Republican groups continue to do what they did in this state for years–attack Democrats with fabrications or distortions–without any organization to counteract it?

          From what I can tell from your posts on health care, I assume you’re a progressive Democrat. Well, I can guarantee you that without Mike Huttner, this would probably still be a red state, and my handle would actually make sense.

          I guess that, for you, it’s OK to relish in the successes that Huttner has rbought about, but then turn around and call him a slut. If you don’t like how the sausage gets made, I’d suggest refraining from eating it.

        • RedGreenRedGreen says:

          That is rich. All Huttner’s done is help level the playing field, or did you forget who invented the whole “dividing people and playing the lowest form of politics” thing?

        • twas brillig says:

          would that be an example of what is WRONG with politics today? Oh wait, the high-horsed one is not above dickheaded namecalling.

          Go sell your sob story somewhere else.

          What a maroon.  

        • One Queer Dude says:

          You would throw Dick Wadhams out of work?

  2. Vincent Lynn says:

    I tuned into this about 1/4 of the way through the interview yesterday and thought that Silverman must have said something about McInnis’ mother the way he was answering those questions.  Not good for him Hannity Jr. calls you “Downright Goofy” in front of your core constituancy.  I think Penry gets bumped up a few notches in the Big Line from this.

  3. Laughing Boy says:

    That was embarrassing.  And weird.  Penry 1 McInnis 0.

    • MADCO says:

      who said we should teach creationism in the science curriculum.

      Doe he lose a point for that?

      • Vincent Lynn says:

        one for every year since the Earth was created

        • MADCO says:

          But I thought we found out in 2006 (Ritter) and 2008 (Obama) that the R base can’t win Colorado all by itself.

          • RedGreenRedGreen says:

            But statewide Republican candidates used to have a veneer of moderation or good ol’ country vet affability. The question is whether an unrepentant Creationist and Trickle Up tax-cutter can sway enough unaffiliated voters.

            • MADCO says:

              If he thinks O&G fracing recipes ought to be secret, and the gubmint can’t be trusted to store mercury and creationism is a kind of science- wall, that otta be enough for any mod-rat.

              Any chance we could get him say something stoopid about the Colorado River Compact?

              It ought to be re-done, we need more dams, the Governor who signed it was the greatest guv CO ever had, you know- almost anything.

  4. redstateblues says:

    Just… wow.

    This guy wants to be governor of our state? Jeez.

  5. Progressive Promoter says:

    Wow, I gotta admit I’m shocked at how badly he handled that. He seems both paranoid and rattled. After years of experience in this business, I guess it’s time to declare he wants to spend more time with the grandkids and accept the gold watch.  

  6. Vincent Lynn says:

    on a Penry/McInnis appearance at the Obama Town Hall in GJ on Saturday?  

    After that meltdown I would think McInnis will be invisible for the next week or so.

    • Ralphie says:

      But he might. I bet you $$ that he shows up at the “deathers” demonstration at Lincoln Park on Saturday morning and gets himself interviewed for TV.

      Fair and balanced, you know.  Penry, the President, Penry, the President.  Josh is just as important.  Maybe more.  Just ask him.

      • Vincent Lynn says:

        If he does make it on Nat’l media with Deathers (hell even birthers), you could pretty much say goodbye to McInnis in the primary.  The general election is another story though.

      • rocco says:

        The Lincoln Park demonstration is a great opportunity for Penry to score major tv time and appeal to the furthest right of the red base. Primary voters.

        The press will be there and if Penry is the headliner at Lincoln Park, he can get the big Luntz by way of clusterfox red herrings into the conversation.




        death panels


        bith certificate

        “gummint” takeover




        The goobers showing up at Lincoln Park won’t be looking for any counter arguments to the health reform legislation being attempted by the President.

        His crowd at the park will be fired up, pissed off, scared that something will be taken from them, and just plain terrified of change. They’ll want invective. Hate. And forcasts of doom.

        Some will be there because their beloved country is in the throes of an administration led by a black man. That rage will be manifested in their posters of the President as “joker”, with a Hitler mustasche, and probably some new outrageous charicatures we haven’t seen yet.

        This is the red base. This block votes. These goobers are young josh’s neighbors.

        He’ll give ’em plenty of reasons to fear. That’s what republican candidates do.

        The only thing he won’t say is what he’d try in contrast, because that isn’t what reds do.

        And the base will eat it up.

        And we thought Palin was a joke. As young Josh says, “wait’ll ya get a load of me”.


      • Ralphie says:

        He’s doing a noon rally at the old Courthouse.

        He’s not going to chase President Obama off the front page, but he’ll get his piece of it.

  7. sxp151 says:

    Sounds like Alan Colmes could kick his ass six ways to Sunday.

  8. CrazyOkie says:

    Combative, paranoid, illogical – yeah that’s what I want in a governor.

  9. WesternSlopeThought says:

    I don’t know which of these idiots, Penry or McInnis, have a bigger ego or more transparent weasel abilities. Going to be a lot of train wrecks these next few months. I might have to travel to all their debates just to watch them shit all over themselves.  

  10. Chef says:

    McGinnis was handed a pretty softball toss here and could have handled it like a man, a professional, a serious candidate, could even have made it into a positive; instead he went off in a situation he could have easily made good from. This dude is a petulant child being led around by two ineffectual questioners; one is intimidated by him and the other wants to be his bud. McGinnis is just not a serious candidate intellectually or emotionally. He can raise the dough, but he sure as heck isn’t a threat to anyone in any other capacity. Just a matter of time before he implodes completely.  

    • redstateblues says:

      A candidate who doesn’t have their talking points ready to hit one out of the park on the underhand toss from Silverman couldn’t possibly hack it in the general election campaign.

  11. RedGreenRedGreen says:

    McInnis gets so rattled he forgets Michael Huttner’s scary name by the end of the interview.

    You know what would be fun? If the Republican candidates for statewide office would stop embarrassing themselves and get some real campaigns going.

  12. One Queer Dude says:

       My prediction:  there will be more eruptions.  Josh Penry’s people just have to figure out how to provoke Scooter while leaving no fingerprints.

  13. agogus says:

    McInnis sounds here like some kind of a broken-robot politician of the the Stepford Wives variety, side stepping, diverting and twisting a simple question in the most bizarre ways.  Zztzz ztzzz…that does not compute.  Danger, Will Robinson!  Danger!  

  14. ArdentAdmirer2 says:

    I am hearing that Dana Perino said no to supporting Scooter. Also hearing that a group of former Scooter staffers are planning a press event to support Penry.  

    Be careful when you get what you wish for. The Governor clearly wants to run against Penry but Penry might turn out to be the tougher opponent,  

  15. BoulderRepublican says:

    I endorse Josh Penry for governor.  That guy’s a little off his rocker…

  16. Rizzo says:

    He’s got strong values and the will to win. This Scott McInnis character is past his prime.  

  17. HollywoodColorado says:

    This is flat out embarrassing. Not only for “Scooter”, but for those that supported him. The truth of the matter is that he and his entire campaign has been nothing sort of comical. He can’t seem to do anything right from announcing a Gubernatorial candidacy, to constructing a website with Colorado mountains, to answering simple questions about a Denver Post article. As Republicans are we ready to put Scooter up against Ritter? I’ll tell you what, the dems sure want that scenario. I would implore everyone to put your support behind Josh Penry. Not only does he have command of the issues, but he actually has a chance to be Ritter.

    • RedGreenRedGreen says:

      You really don’t know what you’re talking about.

      As for Penry actually having a chance “to be Ritter,” let’s hop not, for both their sakes.

      • HollywoodColorado says:

        RedGreen, In having an opinion on a subject I have displayed that I “don’t know what I’m talking about”. I may not know as much as the wise REDGREEN on the subject, after all I am just a hard working resident of Colorado who doesn’t have the time to read blogs all day long. My case and argument is derived on the fact that most of the democrats I know (perhaps influential perhaps not) are starting to believe that Penry is the better candidate. To be blunt they would rather see McInnis is the general.

        I am not an activist, just someone who is tired of politicians and the baggage they usually bring. I am tired of the Scott McInnis’ of the world telling his constituents one thing and doing another. Penry from all indications is someone that will at least tell you what he’s going to do and has the guts to follow through.

        And yes Ritter is vulnerable right now, or didn’t you hear about the plummeting approval ratings? Are we really going to send Scott up there and trust him with something as important as the nomination? I for one will not…. but that’s just me.  

        • DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

          Penry will be the tougher opponent in the General – by far.

          • RedGreenRedGreen says:

            but why would Colorado benefit from an easy run against a damaged candidate like McInnis? When Ritter has a fight on his hands against someone who isn’t a milquetoast version of himself, maybe he’ll live up to his potential. I want a vigorous campaign with sharp choices that makes it hard for Ritter to triangulate as a slightly more competent version of McInnis.

            — and H’wood, I was poking fun at your typo, but feel free to take unction.

        • Republican 36 says:

          by endorsing the teaching of creationism in public school science classes. Those kind of right-wing viewd don’t sell in Colorado.

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