Scott McInnis takes his ball and stays home

Here's a shock: In the GOP straw poll held on Friday, gubernatorial candidate Josh Penry absolutely crushed Dan Maes, who hardly anyone realizes is still running, including, probably, members of his own family. As for Scott McInnis, the leader in name recognition and a new poll he likes better than any of the other polls, he decided not to participate in this latest exercise due to his belief that it was fixed in Penry's favor -- and to compound the gaffe, he put down his reasoning in a letter that made him seem churlish and afraid of a fight he wasn't assured of winning in advance. At this point, McInnis seems hopeful that the impact of the survey will fade if he ignores it. Hence, a Saturday morning Facebook post that couldn't be more generic if it came stamped with a UPC symbol: "Governor, we're coming, and will work tirelessly to make sure Colorado has a new Republican Governor in 2010!"

Does that mean he's got Penry's back? Doubt it.

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
Contact: Michael Roberts