Politics & Policy

McInnis Returns $300K to Hasan Family Foundation Ahead of Today’s CO Primary

Colorado GOP Gubernatorial candidate and erstwhile front-runner Scott McInnis settled the monetary element of an ongoing plagiarism scandal that threw the governor’s race into disarray and gave his opponent Dan Maes an opening in today’s primary. As promised, he returned the entire $300,000 of the Hasan Family Foundation fellowship at the center of the controversy:

Hasan Foundation was paid in full yesterday from personal funds. All matters between the Foundation and Scott McInnis have been fully resolved to the satisfaction of both parties.

While neither the McInnis campaign nor the Hasan Foundation is likely to comment further on the subject, the notion that the plagiarism issue might be “fully resolved to the satisfaction” of Republican voters is less clear, even if McInnis wins his primary this evening. As the Denver Westword notes, full repayment of the fellowship will do nothing to diminish the centrality of this issue as campaign fodder for McInnis’ expected opposition in Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) or Tom Tancredo (now of the Constitution Party).

**Update: McInnis has filed an extension to an ethics complaint brought by Colorado Ethics Watch, guaranteeing that this plagiarism story will not be going anywhere anytime soon.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Demagoguery Is Not Leadership

The government of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand has, with the support of the opposition, decided to enact fundamental changes in the nation’s firearms laws less than a week after the massacre at two Christchurch mosques. This is the opposite of leadership. It is also an example of why ... Read More
White House

The Media’s Disgrace

There will soon enough be an effort to memory-hole it, but the media coverage of the Russia investigation was abysmal and self-discrediting — obsessive and hysterical, often suggesting that the smoking gun was right around the corner, sometimes supporting its hoped-for result with erroneous, too-good-to-check ... Read More
Politics & Policy

What Was Trump So Annoyed About?

One of the stranger arguments that I heard throughout the Mueller saga -- and am hearing today, now that it's turned out to be a dud -- is that Donald Trump's irritation with the process was unreasonable and counterproductive. This tweet, from CNN's Chris Cilizza, is a nice illustration of the genre: Donald ... Read More
U.S.

Political Theatrics

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Including all you whippersnappers under the age of 50), I’m writing this from somewhere over the Atlantic. At least I hope that’s ... Read More