McInnis Staffers Head for the Lifeboats

The latest from Fox 31’s Eli Stokols:

Already reeling over accusations of plagiarism, Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis is now facing defections from his campaign staff, FOX31 News has learned.

Sources say at least 3 staff members offered their resignations on Friday.

Meanwhile, two new polls show support for McInnis eroding among all voters and registered Republicans.

A Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters shows Democratic frontrunner John Hickenlooper with 45-percent support to 43-percent for McInnis. Five percent are undecided…

We’ll say this much: few staffers leave a campaign with paychecks still in the bank account unless there’s a really good reason. In fact, the only sign we’ve seen that McInnis is perhaps not headed for inevitable matter-of-hours withdrawal, is the possibility that GOP brass may still need him to rub out Dan Maes in the primary–assuming he’s still capable of even doing that.

We opined previously that because McInnis is an obstinate guy, he’s not going to be persuaded by anything other than hard numbers showing this scandal has damaged his candidacy. Well, there you go–even Rasmussen says it’s enough to flip the race, and there’s nowhere to go but down.

UPDATE: 7NEWS adds some color from “knowledgeable sources.”

Sources close to the campaign say these three, and several others, can no longer defend Scott McInnis’ actions after he tried to get 82-year old Rolly Fischer to take the fall for McInnis’ mistakes…

A knowledgeable source told Ferrugia that staffers feel betrayed by the man they trusted.

“The turning point in the campaign was the interview with Rolly Fischer,” the source said. “Jaws dropped. They couldn’t believe Scott tried to pin it on him … It was game, set, match. It was a crusher.”


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  1. denverco says:

    Wouldn’t that be a fun campaign?

  2. Three staffers resign? Wow.

    I guess that’s all I have to say.

  3. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    for this primary.

    Just to vote against:

    1. Jane (God’s Law trumps the US Constitution) Norton.

    2. Scott (I shaved off my mustache just to appease some people) McInnis.

    I am so happy that I made this choice (I will be an unaffiliated voter on August 11th) because these primaries are way more fun than they appeared to be a few months ago.

    Now, I vote because:

    1. Is still true.

    2. Scooter is a lying SOB who would throw his friends under the bus to advance his case.

    • Ralphie says:

      Would you want to die a Republican?

      I’m going to wait until Primary day and declare and vote at a service center to minimize that probability.

      • davebarnesdavebarnes says:

        I really like mail voting now that I can no longer walk the 100 meters to my precinct polling place.

      • DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

        You need to make up your mind…

        • Ralphie says:

          Is that OK with you?

          By the way, I don’t recall ever saying that I was going to “probably” vote for anyone.  However, I have reminded Rabid Romies on several occasions that negativism wasn’t going to help them win my vote.

          If you can point to a post where I said I was “probably” going to vote for anyone, it might help refresh my aging memory.

      • VoyageurVoyageur says:

        Better pray you don’t get hit by a truck between now and then

        Would you want to die a Republican?

          There’s a great old joke about Rabbi Rabinowitz and Father Flanagan, who arrive in the same neighborhood as young men and aggressively try to recruit for their respective flocks.

          Finally, at 75, Rabbi Rabinowitz is hit by a truck.  As he lays dying, he asks for Father Flanagan.  The good priest, shocked at the misfortune of his old friend/rival, asks what he can do to help.

          “Baptize me and give me the last rites of the Roman Catholic Church,” Rabbi Rabinowitz asks.

          Stunned, Father Flanagan opens his bag to get the necessary holy water, oils, etc.  But first, he asks: “I have to ask, Rabbi.  For 50 years, I tried to convert you. What did I say to convince you to finally decide to become a Catholic?”

          “It wasn’t anything you said,” the good rabbi gasped.

        “It’s just that it’s better that one of you should leave this world than one of us!”


  4. caroman says:

    Add another 15 points to account for the Rasmussen built-in error and you’ve got a catastrophe.  

    It is humorous to see him only two points behind Hick according to Rasapalooza.  Believe in the Ras, Scooter.  Stay in the race!

    • Ralphie says:

      Interesting article on about the Rasmussen “house effect.”

      • caroman says:

        The biggest problem with Ras is that he stops polling right before an election.  So, he can always claim that something happened right before the ultimate poll, i.e., the election, that lets him off the hook.  That’s the most dishonest part of Razapalooza.  In fact, he is so dishonest that I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t actually do any polling whatsoever.  Instead, he just releases results intended to help the Republican strategy.  I would like someone to conduct an audit of his polls.

        This reminds me of Chamber of Commerce types when they state that we will lose 10,452 jobs if business tax exemptions are eliminated.  Today’s media will report this without question, when it’s probably just all bs.  For example, how many jobs are lost when companies realize how poorly we finance our educational system?  My research concludes that we lose 26,794.5 jobs. And, you can report that as fact.

        • Gorky PulviczekG Pulviczek says:

          Good point.  From the Coloradoan this week, reporting on Money Magazine’s #6 ranking of Fort Collins:

          “This idyllic town – No. 1 in 2006 – would rank even higher but for one thing. (No, it’s not last summer’s Balloon Boy hoax, perpetrated by the local Heene family.) Colorado schools are hurting. After the state sliced public schools budget this year, Fort Collins’s Poudre School District laid off 139 full-time employees.”

          That’s a quote from Money Magazine.  People are noticing.

        • VoyageurVoyageur says:

          It’s strictry robocall and it went on and on, finally I just hung up.  I found their screens pretty primitive and suggest that poor screening accounts for a lot of their sample error.

  5. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    policy director Mac Zimmerman

    political director Dustin Zvonek

    regional director T.Q. Houlton

  6. guesswho says:

    In order to cancel your subscription to the MSNBC of newspapers, yes the Denver Post call 303-954-2756.  

    I cancelled my seven year subscription today.  I have helped nudge others to do so.

    As Singleton spends the time to King Hick he must pay for it in subscriptions.  

    No reasonable R should read his crap.

    • davebarnesdavebarnes says:

      Dinky Singleton is still conservative. But, as the owner of a LARGE business he wants to back the winning horse.

      It matters not whether the politician is a Democrat or a Republican. All that matters is that they continue the status quo. That is the definition of a true conservative.

      Dinky sees Hick as the winner and is currying favor.

    • DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

      Because of the political views of the owner? So business owner should be opinion less drones?

    • BlueCat says:

      Singleton forced the endorsement of Bush over Kerry in 2004.  If you’re looking for liberal media bias you won’t find it in Singleton.  I’m sure he’d love to be able to endorse McInnis except for the fact that McInnis has made it impossible for anyone who wishes to ever be taken seriously again to do so.  In case you haven’t noticed, nobody who is anybody in Colorado Republican politics is supporting McInnis at this point. Or Maes, for that matter.

      Why stop at canceling your subscription?  Why not vow to never vote for any R who is giving aid and comfort to Dems by failing to support McInnis? Or why not cancel over the Post’s pissy threats to ColPols? At least that would make sense.  

      • MADCO says:

        Chuck Plunkett endorsed John McCain….after first endorsing Hillary Clinton.

        So – there could be room for the fact challenged, wooden Plunkett to scrape it together for McInnis.

    • ClubTwitty says:

      Should have endorsed the cheat and liar or the broke grafter?  

    • Froward69 says:

      he was desperately trying to kick Hickenlooper. by comparing Hickenlooper’s refusal reveal Hick’s charitable contributions. With Mcinnis’s refusal to disclose ANY Tax returns. “yes Hickenlooper disclosed 20 some odd years of Returns. compared to Mcinnis none… but who received all those donations from Hick?”

      Seemes to those of us linked to reality Singleton Really really WANTS to endorse Mcinnis but Mcinnis is too shady for the posts endorsement. to retain the papers shred of credibility he must stay away from Mcinnis.

      Singleton also hinted the Post might not endorse anyone.


    The press has skipped this part of the story.  McInnis claims to be a water expert.  He is from Glenwood Springs.  The idea that he did not know about Rolly’s departure is rediculous.  Rolly’s soga was front page news in the Daily Sentinel for months in the Daily Sentinel.  

    For those who do not know, Rolly Fisher was the Chips Berry of Colorado Water prior to Chips arriving at Denver Water.

    Why would McInnis make such a claim?  This is pathological.  This is the greatest naked moment any politician has ever had.

  8. RedGreenRedGreen says:

    of television journalism.

    In the 7NEWS story cited by Pols above, “the investigator” quotes himself:

    “Be clear,” said Ferrugia. “These are all people who know and have supported Scott McInnis and the Republican Party. They desperately want to win the election for governor. And, they say there is no way McInnis can win against John Hickenlooper.”

    This is not to detract from the fine work Ferrugia has done reporting this story, especially getting the interview with Fischer. But c’mon.

  9. bjwilson83 says:

    but Maes will win in a landslide. This is nothing but a death spiral for McInnis. And Maes is a hard worker; he may just beat Hick too.

  10. dwyer says:

    I have been listening and the majority of the talk show hosts on the “conservative” public airwave local shows were calling for McInnis to step down, after initially supporting him.  However, there is a two-way going on.

    A lot of republicans are calling in to the shows to vent.  Most callers which I have heard are pro-McInnis….and I hasten to add that this is just a spot listening and I could be wrong.  But in time of party crisis, it is really valuable for the party to have this media venue. Party leaders can get a feel for grass root support among party members.  Also, it is an opportunity for a beleaguered candidate to mount a comeback campaign by having supporters call in and support. Again, I don’t know if the call-ins were organized.  But what I found interesting was that some callers were giving back to the hosts the same rationales which the conservative hosts have been spouting ie.  the Denver Post is leftist and is out to get McInnis and McInnis is the object of a left wing smear campaign, etc.

    At one point, I think I heard Caldera say “Why is everyone mad at me?”

    We are finally getting the Fairness Doctrine on local radio…..but only among republicans.  From time to time, however, the host will grab control and redirect everyone’s anger toward Hickenlooper… at least the dems get a mention….then it is back to backing McInnis.


    • BlueCat says:

      and are now finding their base won’t follow them when they turn on a dime.  I’m sure that’s why Rush Limbaugh never does.  If he was a local radio guy, you can bet he’d just stick with bashing all and any critics of McInnis.  He knows his audience and knows what he gets paid the big bucks for.

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