Unsurprisingly, KHOW talk radio hosts Dan Caplis and Craig Silverman landed an interview with GOP candidate for governor Scott McInnis in the wake of his defeat at the GOP state assembly to relative unknown Evergreen businessman Dan Maes. McInnis has spoken to Caplis and Silverman consistently throughout the campaign and Silverman in particular didn’t softball this one. (Listen beginning at 12 minutes 30 seconds on the podcast).
McInnis told them he was “thrilled” with the outcome of the Assembly Saturday.
“But Congressman,” Silverman said, “really, are you going to tell us that it’s a great day at the assembly to lose to an under-financed person who has no history of running for anything in Colorado, a stranger to most people?”
Silverman: “It had to be disappointing for you driving off and realizing that the assembly that told you to get to the church on time was also saying, in effect, Dan Maes you’re out choice to be the Republican nominee for governor.”
McInnis: “Well, Craig, that’s not what they said at all. And I think you’re a little mistaken there. The way you lose in a convention is if you get under 30 percent. What you want to do is be able to get over 30 percent, which means that the Republican Party that went to the convention validated your message and said, ok, you have enough support within our party to take your message statewide. So we actually were thrilled. I mean, look, you could be driving away from there under 30 percent…”
Silverman: “But Congressman, really, are you going to tell us that it’s a great day at the assembly to lose to an under-financed person who has no history of running for anything in Colorado, a stranger to most people? Here, you’re so well-known. You can’t even tell us you would have preferred that he’d didn’t get to 30 percent and you could be running alone focusing all your time and attention on John Hickenlooper? I mean, how do you expect us to buy your, hey-it-was-a-great-day-for-Scott-McInnis line?”
McInnis: “Well, first of all, I’m not selling Craig, so I’m not expecting you to buy. And the fact is, clearly, you lose if you’re below 30. If you’re above 30. I mean, if I were the other side, I’m sure as they walked into the locker room, they said, ‘Man, doggone it, we got to fight him now.'”