McInnis mum on the Hasan deal he once called ‘sweet’

The Denver Post this week went looking for details on the two-year Hasan Family Foundation fellowship landed by GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis after he left congress and that paid him $300,00 to write a series of articles titled “Musings on Water,” which totaled about 150 double-spaced pages.

McInnis didn’t take questions. He left it to spokesman Sean Duffy, who told the Post that McInnis fulfilled his contract with the foundation. “He did what he was contracted to do, and it was done.”

But McInnis has talked about the fellowship in the past. He told talk-radio hosts Dan Caplis and Craig Silverman in April that his Hasan fellowship was “sweet.” The show aired April 26.

“I was pretty excited to do it. It was the first time in my life I got paid to write about a subject that I, one, knew a little something about but, two, actually, I always like to tell. ‘Hey look at water, look at history.’ So that’s what that was about.”

“When I got out [of Congress], we were having a conversation and [the Hasan Family Foundation] said we’d be interested in doing this if you’d be interested in helping put together some articles at some point, could be used in a series for education on water in Colorado. So that’s what that was about. And I was thrilled to do it. I got paid to do it. That’s pretty sweet. And it was a family that cares intensely about the state of Colorado.”

As the Post reported Tuesday, Ali Hasan, who recently failed in his bid to win the GOP nomination to run for state treasurer and who is the son of Dr. Malik Hasan, the wealthy conservative founder of the family foundation, was also awarded a water fellowship, His “Colorado water analysis” articles are so far unavailable for review.

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