Letters to the Editor

Scott McInnis may be most divisive candidate in state history

July 19, 2010

Dear Editor,

In April of 2009, Scott McInnis sent a letter to the Republican faithful, wanting to know what he could do to unite the Republican Party. I sent the attached response. To date I have not heard back from Scott, or his campaign.

On February 24, 2010, Gary Roahrig from the McInnis campaign contacted me, asking my support of Scott. I explained to him that I would like a response to my previous letter. Gary assured me that I would be contacted shortly. As of this date, nothing!!!

During his campaign, Scott McInnis has appeared to distance himself from much of rural Colorado. We need a Governor who will recognize every corner of Colorado.

I believe that as this election cycle winds down, many Republicans in Colorado will realize that Scott McInnis may well be the most divisive candidate in state history. Hundreds, if not thousands of Colorado Republicans, will vote for the other party if Scott McInnis is the only Republican choice. We need an ethical Governor. We need not let down our standards just to elect any available Republican.

Best regards,

John Ponikvar
Chairman, Moffat County
Republican Central Committee

My questions for McInnis have still gone unanswered

April 2, 2009

Dear Scott,

I appreciate your letter, and comments, regarding how we need to get the Republican Party back on track. On a daily basis, I have people coming to me wanting to know what the Republicans are going to do to help get our government under control.

Republicans are certainly stimulated.

I do have concerns regarding your involvement and possible run for Governor. We have had the Salazar brothers in Congress, and Senate, as well as a Democratic Governor. I sincerely believe that your participation or non-participation as it may, contributed to the success of the Democrats.

Bob Schaffer was an appropriate candidate for the Senate, until you and others chose to undermine his campaign, and anoint Pete Coors (Seat Lost). You choose not to support Matt Smith, the best candidate for the Third congressional seat, and help support Greg Walcher (Seat Lost). Bob Beauprez, an intelligent, articulate, good businessman, was allowed to look like a bumbling idiot in his campaign ads. (Could you have helped?)

Scott, what do you really plan to do? How will the Republican Party have any relevance if we continue this type of politics? Personally I am tired of Republicans beating each other up. We need to stand on principals and do the right thing. Bad mouthing each other and Democrats will not win over the majority of the electorate.

Best regards,

John Ponikvar
Chairman, Moffat County
Republican Central Committee