Wrong mountains on McInnis Web site

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It was the towering Rockies — just the Canadian variety — that appeared in the rollout of Scott McInnis’ campaign Web site.

“I guess I need to take a class on recognizing mountains,” said Mike Hesse, once McInnis’ congressional chief of staff and now the volunteer in charge of the campaign.

McInnis, who represented Colorado’s 3rd District for six terms, ending in 2004, last week registered a campaign committee, Scott McInnis for Governor, and unveiled his Web site.

Well aware of a mix-up that entangled Republican Bob Schaffer in his bid for the U.S. Senate last year, Hesse said he was insistent that a mountain photo in McInnis’ Web site be of the Colorado variety.

The photo that ran, however, was of the Rockies towering over Lake Louise in Banff National Park in Canada.

Schaffer was embarrassed last year when a photo of Denali National Park appeared in a televised ad that was supposed to feature Pikes Peak in his ill-fated campaign.

McInnis took note of the Schaffer misstep at the time, noting that candidates get few such mistakes.

The images file consulted by a “young group of techies” working on the campaign was supposed to be for “Colorado Rockies,” but included the Canadian Rockies photo that was chosen, Hesse said.

That’s now been replaced on http://www.ScottMcInnisforGovernor.com by the stark, rusty red sandstone Fountain Formation that runs up and down the Front Range, outcropping at various spots such as the Garden of the Gods and Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

McInnis is hoping to run against Democrat incumbent Bill Ritter, but he might first have to face former staffer, now Colorado Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry of Grand Junction, in a Republican primary.


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