DENVER A researcher who Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis blamed for plagiarism allegations says he wont sign a letter from the campaign owning up to what happened because he claims McInnis is lying.
Researcher Rolly Fischer told KMGH-TV in an interview Wednesday that McInnis campaign sent him a letter to sign in which Fischer would say the alleged plagiarism was solely my own. A McInnis spokesman didnt immediately return a call for comment.
McInnis is under scrutiny because a series of essays he wrote about water rights were identical to writings first published by Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs.
The Denver Post and KMGH first reported the alleged plagiarism Monday. McInnis was paid $300,000 for the essays in 2005 as part of a fellowship.