Governor Candidates Bow Out
By John Gramlich, Staff Writer
The Denver Post delivered a serious blow to the Colorado gubernatorial campaign of Republican Scott McInnis this week, breaking news that the former congressman allegedly plagiarized large portions of essays that a foundation paid him $300,000 to write.
The 23 essays McInnis produced for the Hasan Family Foundation in 2005 and 2006 — after he left Congress — totaled 150 pages and focused on Colorado water policy. But whole sections mirrored words written 20 years earlier by current Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs, The Post reported.
In a follow-up story , the paper also found that a Colorado newspaper column written by McInnis in 1994 — while he was still a congressman — included instances of possible plagiarism from an op-ed published in The Washington Post .
The disclosures have upended the Colorado governor's race just weeks before the Aug. 10 primary, with Republicans preparing for the possibility of McInnis dropping out of the race even as the candidate himself has declared he will not. In scathing editorials, The Denver Post accused him of " inexcusable intellectual thievery " and called him " unfit for office ."
If McInnis does withdraw from the governor's race, he would not be alone. At least three other major-party candidates for governor in other states also have ended their campaigns in recent days.
In Arizona, Treasurer Dean Martin- once considered a front-runner for the Republican gubernatorial nomination — made the surprise announcement that he was suspending his bid. A few days later, businessman Buzz Mills dropped out of the same race, making current Governor Jan Brewer a clear favorite heading into the GOP primary. As The Arizona Republic reported in a feature story , things didn't always look so rosy for Brewer, who received a big bump — and national attention — after signing the state's controversial immigration law in April.
Democrats, meanwhile, are doing their own shuffling ahead of their primary in the Rhode Island governor's race. On Thursday (July 15), Attorney General Patrick Lynch announced he was dropping out and throwing his support behind Treasurer Frank Caprio, a move he said will help establish party unity — and save campaign money — going into a general election that will include a formidable challenge from independent Lincoln Chafee, a former U.S. senator.