Sentinel Ed Board: McInnis should withdraw

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel’s editorial board today called on GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis to withdraw from the race.

The editorial in the former congressman’s hometown newspaper said McInnis’ admission to plagiarizing work done for the Pueblo-based Hasan Family Foundation demonstrated a character flaw that made it clear McInnis isn’t governor material.

“We struggled with this one at the editorial board level. It was a hard decision only because Scott McInnis has given so much to this community and the state over his years of service,” Sentinel Publisher Jay Seaton said. “But in the end, the facts before us made the decision a relatively plain one. We saw a pattern that called into serious question the integrity of a candidate to become the chief executive of the state. That really says it all. He can no longer campaign as a viable candidate.”

The editorial makes The Daily Sentinel the third major newspaper in the state to call for McInnis to withdraw. The Fort Collins Coloradoan also ran an editorial on its website Thursday saying the plagiarism issue does not serve the GOP or the state. The Denver Post editorialized on the issue Tuesday.

If McInnis does leave the race, it would leave Evergreen businessman Dan Maes as the unchallenged winner in the upcoming Aug. 10 primary. He would face Democrat John Hickenlooper in November’s general election.

Read the editorial here.


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