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July 15, 2010 07:28 AM UTC

McInnis is Finished - John Ferrugia Interviewed Rolly Fischer

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POLS UPDATE: 7NEWS reporting:

The man Scott McInnis blamed for the plagiarized material in an article on water rights told CALL7 Investigator John Ferrugia, the candidate for Governor lied and he wants to set the record straight.

In an exclusive interview, Rolly Fischer told Ferrugia, he did not know his research was going to be used for articles for which McInnis was paid $300,000 by a private foundation.

Ferrugia asked, “Rolly, is Scott McInnis lying to us?”

After some thought, Fischer said, “Yes.”

POLS UPDATE #2: If the above report from 7NEWS is true, then what the hell was McInnis’ spokesman telling 9NEWS this afternoon? About as red-handed as it gets:

Duffy says Fischer added, “‘I feel terrible… I thought they were in the public domain,'” referring to the documents Fischer allegedly copied.

Duffy says the McInnis campaign asked him to comment on the allegations. According to Duffy, Fischer said he would write a response to them Tuesday evening after he returned from a doctor’s appointment.

This is a pretty remarkable thing to witness, folks. Original post follows.

On Channel 7 News at 10:00 p.m. this evening Rolly Fischer put the last nail in Mr. McInnis’ political coffin.

Reporter John Ferrugia interviewed Rolly Fischer at his home on the West Slope. Mr. Fischer flatly said he was not responsible for the plagiarized documents and then came the bombshell.

Mr. McInnis sent Mr. Fischer a draft letter today and ask him to sign it. The letter in essence said Mr. Fischer took full responsibility and blame for the plagiarized article at the center of this scandal. Mr. Fischer has no intention of signing the letter.

Mr. McInnis is now attempting to manufacture exculpatory evidence. In criminal law that is called suborning perjury. He has asked someone who was a supporter and friend to lie and smear that man’s reputation to save his political hide. Mr. McInnis is a fraud.

Nothing matters now except when will Mr. McInnis withdraw from the primary. He is a disgrace to the Republican Party and to his profession.

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31 thoughts on “McInnis is Finished – John Ferrugia Interviewed Rolly Fischer

  1. Dear Scott:

    I am writing to express my sincere apology for failing to provide appropriate attribution for the research I provided for the water articles we collaborated on. While my mistake was not intentional, it is nonetheless clear that this material needed footnotes.

    This mistake was solely my own and I recognize that my work fell short of the expectations you had when you included me in this project.

    Again, please accept my deep apology.

    Sincerely,

    Rolly Fischer

    Fischer’s reply:

    Fischer said he would never sign the letter.

    1. I am writing to express my sincere apology for failing to provide appropriate vetting for the gubernatorial candidacy we foisted on you. While my mistakes were not intentional, it is nonetheless clear that this election needed a candidate who could tell his ass from a hole in the ground.

      This mistake was solely my own and I recognize that my work fell short of the expectations you had when you rubbed your hands together and said, “I’m going to rule this state.”

      Again, please accept my deep apology.

      Sincerely,

      Republican Power Broker

      1. Each Republican state-wide candidate has crashed worse than the one before. Granted McInnis will be a tough act to beat, but this is what the GOP candidates do.

        Thankfully we have Dick Wadhams to keep serving up ones like this. Unfortunately, in the case of Norton she self destructed in the primary instead of the general…

        1. but I don’t remember Bob Shaffer (already forgot if that’s how his last name is spelled) really crashing; certainly not as bad as Both Ways Bob did.

            1. I had forgotten about that. Still, Shaffer wasn’t favored to win and 2008 was a bad year to be a Republican anyway. Compared to Both Ways’ fall from grace…

              But this is way worse. Beauprez can at least aspire to elected office ( in his own mind anyway), and write his books and speak at luncheons.. McInnis will be lucky not to be disbarred, or ever participate in politics in any meaningful way ever again. Pols’ crack about that sound you hear being all his rolodex cards in the beltway being shredded is likely happening for real today, and also from every Colorado rolodex too.

              This has been a spectacular crash and burn. I can’t wait to see what else comes to light. There has to be more.

            2. I had forgotten about that. Still, Shaffer wasn’t favored to win and 2008 was a bad year to be a Republican anyway. Compared to Both Ways’ fall from grace…

              But this is way worse. Beauprez can at least aspire to elected office ( in his own mind anyway), and write his books and speak at luncheons.. McInnis will be lucky not to be disbarred, or ever participate in politics in any meaningful way ever again. Pols’ crack about that sound you hear being all his rolodex cards in the beltway being shredded is likely happening for real today, and also from every Colorado rolodex too.

              This has been a spectacular crash and burn. I can’t wait to see what else comes to light. There has to be more.

  2. I don’t know that I trust Fischer either; of course he wants to save his own hide. Regardless, the whole thing is fishy and McInnis signed his name to it.

    1. .

      no actual signature, but the fax cover sheet had his and his wife’s names, and her fax #.

      But the key is, if yer gonna have a conspiracy, you gotta tell your co-conspirators what to say, and take care of ’em so that they do.

      .

      1. You’re suggesting some of that $300,000 found its way into brown paper bags in small bill combinations and is being delivered right now?

        1. is that he never shared. If even some of this is true, he not only should be ruined forever as a viable candidate for anything, he could be both disbarred and subject to criminal charges. If it’s all true his life as he’s known it so far is over.

          I’m sure I’m not the only Dem who, as little as we thought of the man all along, is honestly surprised by just how toxic this guy and everything he touches really is. Others with more first hand knowledge may not be at all.

          You’d think the people closest to him in the party would have known by now that the guy is apparently a text book sociopath and picking him was just asking for skeletons to start exploding out of the closet. Would love to have him running against Hick but it looks less possible that it could come to that every day. Kudos to channel 7 for actually doing some real investigating and reporting.  

    2. has a good reputation and there is no basis to believe that he actually is responsible for McInnis’ behavior.

      Besides, the guy is 82 and respected as an engineer and water expert. It strains belief that he would have written the documents submitted to the Hasan Foundation and copied, to say nothing of omitting a citation to, Hobbs’ work.

      No, McInnis is so arrogant that he figured Fischer would take the fall for him. But Rollie’s not going to do an Andrew Young for him.

      1. the “team” before checking that Mr. Fischer was even on the team. Mr. Fischer has a long exemplary record that he can hang his hat on. All this innuendo and guilt by association is completely unfair towards Fischer. Now had he taken the fall for McInnis, then I would say we should be looking into Fischer but this guy did the right thing. McInnis is the ass hat that was ready to throw a respected 82 year old under the bus to save his own political career. Disgusting.

    3. The only two ways I see this coming down are (1) Fischer providing copies of a bunch of documents as a result of his research, with the idea that McInnis puts together the final paper, or (2) what Fischer claims, that he thought it was to get McInnis up to speed for the 2008 Senate race, so he provided summaries and excerpts for McInnis’s personal consumption.

      I can’t see someone with his expertise in the subject matter failing to properly cite this stuff if he thought it was to be published.

      1. In lengthier excerpts from the Ferrugia interview aired today on the 11 a.m. Channel 7 News broadcast, Fischer made it clear, he thought he was organizing briefing material for McInnis as the politician was contemplating a Senate run. Nothing more.

    1. .

      “No. I think he ought to hang in there and rattle and I think that the primary will be very tough,” said Fischer.

      Is that because he wants Scott to win, or wants him to get roughed up ?

      .

  3. You know, you’d think he’d be smart enough NOT to send the letter without getting the ok from the prospective signator!

    I think this is the first time I’ve heard of the “fall on your sword” letter being made public!

    1. .

      sure, it could blow up in his face (as it eventually did,) but it probably looked like the only way out.  Up to now, bold + presumptuous has usually panned out for him.  

      Desperate people do desperate things.

      .

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