Update below: The headline "Josh Green Thinks Scott McInnis is Sleazy, Should Quit" may come as a shock to locals. After all, that's the name of a McInnis spokesman. Have his own people turned against him? Not quite. The author is a different Josh Green -- a writer for The Atlantic, the Boston Globe, and, back in the '90s, Westword. And he's not happy about what that other Josh Green is doing to his name.
In the original version of Green's post, published last night, he promoted his namesake to McInnis's campaign manager (Nancy Hopper has that gig), and he's still including a second act of plagiarism on the candidate's list of accomplishments -- something one of the authors McInnis allegedly plagiarized vigorously disputes. Yet the item is hilarious nonetheless. It reads:
Someone mentioned to me a while back that the campaign manager spokesman for serial-plagiarist Scott McInnis, the Republican nominee hopeful for governor in Colorado, is also named Joshua Green. I didn't think much of it at the time. That was before McInnis's appalling behavior, and narcissistic attempt to dismiss it as none of the voters' concern, came to light. But it sort of besmirches the "Joshua Green" brand to have some rogue clown out there trying to get McInnis elected governor, doesn't it? Especially given my vocation and McInnis's offense. Time to fight back. Are there any Colorado reporters out there reading this? If so, this is on the record. Just attribute it to "Joshua Green": "Scott McInnis is a sleazy, self-dealing weasel who probably couldn't sign a check without plagiarizing, and he should immediately drop out of the gubernatorial race."
There. That ought to balance the ledger.
What's the Colorado-based Josh Green -- the one who works for McInnis -- have to say about that? I e-mailed and phoned him this morning, but I haven't received a response thus far -- which isn't exactly shocking. Very early yesterday morning, I e-mailed another campaign spokesman, Sean Duffy, with an interview request, but didn't hear back from him, either. I also tried reaching him on his cell phone, but the mailbox was full.
Not long ago, I reached out to Duffy, who'd previously been very accessible, following comments McInnis had made about medical marijuana. Duffy took the better part of two days before he responded via e-mail that the campaign would "pass" on tackling the question.
With McInnis even talking to the Denver Post today, we at Westword are starting to feel singled out. It's not as if we're the only news source that's published unpleasant things about McInnis this week. And from what I'm told, there's no such thing as bad publicity -- although McInnis may ultimately disprove that maxim.
Whatever the case, we'll keep you updated on whether the silent treatment is a short-term blip or a long-term condition.
In the meantime, SEO (that's "search engine optimization" for those of you with a life) should guarantee that the East Coast Josh Green's comments about McInnis will pop up in searches ahead of the local version's take for some time to come.
Well played, Mr. Green.
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Update: After seeing the first version of this post, and learning that McInnis spokesman Josh Green hasn't responded to our interview requests, the Atlantic's Josh Green offered this helpful addendum:
UPDATE: Per this item in Westword, Denver's excellent alt-weekly, Joshua Green has apparently stopped returning calls from the media. This simply won't do -- not in the middle of a heated campaign with so many reporters on deadline. So please allow me to help. If you are a reporter and need a quote from Joshua Green, I'd be happy to supply one, unvarnished and on-the-record, anytime. Call or e-mail me and I'll do my best to respond pronto.
If that doesn't get the Colorado Josh Green to answer back, nothing will.