Statewide – Maes, McInnis locked in dead heat |

Statewide – Maes, McInnis locked in dead heat

Sarah Horn
The Denver Post

Evergreen businessman Dan Maes and former congressman Scott McInnis are locked in a tight race and separated by just a few hundred votes in the Republican gubernatorial primary based on early returns.

Thus far Maes doesn’t seem to have been hampered by comments that a Denver bike-share program was linked to a United Nations ideology that would “threaten our personal freedoms.”

A U.N.-affiliated group, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives promotes environmental initiatives to reduce pollution.

His campaign said Maes’ comments were related to his views that the the organization has “extreme” views on global warming.

He has also attracted negative attention for campaign finance violations for which he was fined $17,500. Among the violations was a claim for $44,000 in undocumented mileage reimbursements.

Plagiarism allegations against McInnis related to a series of water rights articles he was paid to write as part of a $300,000 fellowship with the Hasan Foundation made voters and fellow Republicans question whether he should stay in the race.

He said the plagiarism was unintentional and blamed the lack of attribution on Rolly Fischer, a retired water engineer he hired to assist him with research. Fischer refused to take blame saying that McInnis was lying.

McInnis made repayment arrangements with the foundation last week.

Both winners of the primary elections will go on to face Democratic candidate John Hickenlooper and Tom Tancredo of the American Constitution Party, who both ran unopposed, in November.

Tancredo, a former Republican congressman, switched to the American Constitution Party because he didn’t believe McInnis or Maes could beat Hickenlooper in the general election.

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