It is a "cover-up" in broad daylight.
And ... you know what the conventional wisdom says, "It's not the crime that brings down the politician, it's the cover-up."
The letter that the Scott McInnis gubernatorial campaign sent to Rolly Fischer for his signature reads like it could have been concocted by President Nixon in his attempts to make John Mitchell the fall guy for the whole Watergate scandal.
The plagiarism charge is serious, however, that wrongdoing took place before the McInnis 2010 candidacy, making this part of the scandal mostly a matter of Scott McInnis's integrity or lack thereof. Perhaps McInnis might have been able to survive this ignominy, he is a politician after all and expectations are low.
But the "it was all my fault" confession that the McInnis campaign wanted Fischer to sign elevates the controversy to a big-time political scandal. The letter demonstrates that the McInnis campaign wanted to cover-up the plagiarism by getting Rolly Fischer to take the fall, thereby absolving Mr. McInnis completely.
However, in his channel 7 interview, Fischer refused to take the knife for Scott and the McInnis attempt at cover-up instead blew sky high.
Consequently, the Scott McInnis quest for the Republican nomination for the Colorado governorship in 2010 is over ... whether he gets out now or later, is defeated in the primary, or goes down in brilliant hot flames in the November election.
If there is one thing that lefties, righties and independents agree on in politics this year, it is that we are all sick and tired of politicians who have this notion that somehow they are a breed apart from the rest of us. In other words, McInnis has committed the most unforgivable political transgression on the 2010 election stage: he done wrong and still is arrogant enough to try and tell us, the voters, that his revealed corruption is a "non-issue."
Scott McInnis and his campaign have shown us in a most disturbing manner that they are beneath the floor of what citizens will tolerate from politicians or elected officials. He certainly doesn't deserve to be Colorado's governor.
Here is the McInnis authored letter that Rolly Fischer was asked to sign (as provided by 7News):
Dear Scott:I am writing to express my sincere apology for failing to provide appropriate attribution for the research I provided for the water articles we collaborated on. While my mistake was not intentional, it is nonetheless clear that this material needed footnotes.
This mistake was solely my own and I recognize that my work fell short of the expectations you had when you included me in this project.
Again, please accept my deep apology.
Watch the Rolly Fisher interview at this link: