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Total vindication?

By Charles Ashby

Is former congressman Scott McInnis considering running for something else?

A somewhat cryptic email sent under the name "Friends of Scott McInnis" highlighting the Grand Junction Republican's supposed vindication in a plagiarism scandal that tanked his bid for the GOP nomination for governor last year would seem to indicate so.

That, and the fact that it was sent by Stacey Lukens, a California political consultant who's worked for McInnis over the years, including during last year's primary race, when he lost to politcal upstart Dan Maes.

The email, supposedly sent to supporters of his failed bid, talks about how he was "completely and honorably" vindicated in that scandal. Last month, the state's attorney discipline counsel declined to pursue an ethics case on his license to practice law.

Regardless, the email raises questions of whether McInnis is considering running for some other political seat, but his two Facebook sites would indicate the contrary. One, Friends of Scott McInnis for Governor includes spam, including one from a woman supposedly named Fyhfty Fghrth with the line "She is so sexy and dating interracial."

The other Facebook page for the congressman hilmself includes numerous odd postings that have nothing to do with McInnis or running for office.

Here's the full text of the email:

Dear Friends,

We wanted to take a moment to thank you for your steadfast friendship and support for Scott McInnis and to update you on a few important developments. We want you to know Scott remains committed to you and to the State of Colorado's future. Scott will continue to be involved in working for Colorado families and improving job opportunities and the business environment for all of us.

What a year it’s been…with liberal attack groups' false allegations and the resulting intense media scrutiny as well as an ethics investigation. There is now closure as the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel recently issued a ruling regarding the plagiarism allegations made by Colorado Ethics Watch and others against Scott during the 2010 primary election for Governor of Colorado. We thought you would like to know, based on a thorough investigation, related depositions, document review, and interviews by the Supreme Court it was determined that these allegations lacked merit.

In the words of Gary Blum, "total vindication."
Click here to read the full text of the letters and a related article by Law Week Colorado (also copied below).

Your support of Scott, Lori and their family is deeply appreciated. Hopefully, this will help clarify what went on last summer in the weeks leading up to the primary election which had Scott leading in most polls by double digits.

Scott has continually demonstrated his tireless dedication to the citizens of Colorado with decades of service in the Colorado State House and the U.S. Congress. Scott’s dedication and passion for Colorado, its families and future generations will continue in the years to come. Thank you.

Regards,

Friends of Scott McInnis 

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