Update, 9/8: Sources tell me that there have been other recent noteworthy Scott McInnis absences from events attended by his rivals Josh Penry and Dan Maes. The McInnis absences include the Fountain Labor Day Parade, and an event hosted by a grassroots group called ROAR America. I understand there may be more, but these are the ones I have been able to confirm so far.
What in the world is going on with the Scott McInnis for governor campaign? First, there was the series of strange interviews. (For a nice contrast, check out Josh Penry’s recent one-on-one with the Colorado Statesman.) Then the insecure trumpeting of obvious poll results.
Next came the evasion of the state party straw poll. But like the strange interviews, it turns out the straw poll was not an isolated bizarre absence. As the Colorado Statesman reports, Scott McInnis also skipped out on a couple of traditional political events this past weekend: the nonpartisan State Fair BBQ and the GOP picnic hosted by former Pueblo County chairman Tom Ready.
It’s not just the schmoozing and glad-handing that McInnis has been AWOL from. As a letter writer from the former Congressman’s hometown of Grand Junction notes, he not only missed out on the chance to speak to crowds during President Obama’s recent health care reform visit. He also has missed out on the debate in general.
Republicans across the board have reason to be concerned with the behavior of the McInnis campaign. Ditto for limited government, pro-liberty Republicans and independents in particular.
I repeat: What in the world is going on with Scott McInnis? Not that it bothers me too much, but it has all the signs of a campaign in disarray.