UPDATE: The Denver Post joins in the bemusement:
Former Congressman Scott McInnis has officially entered the 2010 gubernatorial race with little fanfare and after critics have for weeks argued he should file campaign finance disclosures.
The secretary of state’s office confirmed that the Republican turned in his paperwork Tuesday afternoon.
McInnis has traveled the state building support for his campaign in recent weeks and launched a phone campaign. But he has maintained until now that because he had not formally announced or spent money supporting his run, he did not have to register with the state or report the campaign’s financials.
A legal watchdog group has asked the secretary of state to look into whether McInnis’ actions violated state campaign laws…
Original post follows.
It’s funny because usually, when you announce you’re running for the state’s highest office, you hold a press conference and try to, you know, whoop it up as much as possible. It’s kind of the biggest chance you get to do that, so smart politicians rarely miss the opportunity.
Unless you’re about to be investigated for campaign finance violations? Then, it seems, you just drop the papers off quietly and hope nobody notices? We don’t quite see how that’s going to work, but that’s apparently what the now-official Scott McInnis for Governor campaign was thinking–having finally filed their paperwork yesterday with no fanfare whatsoever.
Here’s the filing in printable .PDF format. Better late than never, right? We’ll update with a release–at some point we expect he’ll be, uh, sending one. Great launch, gentlemen!