And it also helped fuel the political ambitions of son Ali Hasan, a two-time loser in Colorado.
Ali, filmmaker/founder of Muslims for Bush, was 27 when he ran for the Colorado Legislature in 2008; he tried again for state treasurer this year (to learn more, read "Is This Muslim Republican Mr. Right or the Big Cheese," a Westword feature on his first campaign). Now the "rising, GOP bad boy" has headed back to California.
But he leaves another GOP bad boy behind -- a fast-falling one. The Hasans have asked that McInnis return the $300,000 they paid for his insipid and, as we know see, plagiarized, "Musings."
The trickle-down economics of politics can wind up swamping a candidate.