McInnis back on campaign trail |

McInnis back on campaign trail

The Associated Press

ALAMOSA – GOP gubernatorial hopeful Scott McInnis is back on the campaign trail.

The former congressman outlined his job creation plan to the Farm Bureau in Alamosa on Monday. On Saturday, he held a fundraiser in Silt that drew 300 people.

McInnis, who faces Dan Maes in the Aug. 10 primary election, said he can get the state back to prosperity by cutting spending, repealing job-killing taxes and adopting business-friendly policies.

McInnis missed a campaign event last week, saying he wanted to avoid a spectacle over the $300,000 he received for plagiarized essays about water rights.

McInnis offered to repay the money after The Hasan Family Foundation board said it wanted its money back, noting that McInnis has admitted some of the work wasn’t his own.

McInnis has explained that a longtime friend and water expert, Rolly Fischer, gave him copies of essays written by a Colorado Supreme Court justice without providing attribution. Fischer said McInnis is lying, and he refused to sign a letter accepting responsibility.

McInnis also has dismissed allegations that he plagiarized a Washington Post newspaper column for a column of his own that was published in the now-closed Rocky Mountain News. The candidate said he had permission from the authors to use the material.