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Candidate for governor ‘doesn’t recall’ association with abortion-rights group

Karen E. Crummy
The Denver Post

Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis’ efforts to distance himself from a Republican abortion-rights group fell flat Wednesday, when records surfaced indicating he was associated with the organization.

Sean Duffy, spokesman for the former congressman, told The Colorado Independent on Tuesday that the candidate had no memory of being director of Republicans for Choice, which was reported by the Rocky Mountain News in 1997 and The Denver Post last year. Additionally, Duffy said McInnis wasn’t “even sure” he had been a member of the group.

But letterhead filed by the organization’s political action committee in 1998 lists McInnis as one of the 20 advisers on its board.

When asked about the letter, Duffy said McInnis still didn’t remember being part of the group.

“He doesn’t recall. And he doesn’t recall any active role with them,” Duffy said, noting that while in Congress, McInnis received zero-percent ratings from NARAL Pro-Choice America.

McInnis publicly said he supported abortion rights for most, if not all, of the two decades he served as a state legislator and U.S. representative. He has had a “change of heart,” Duffy said.

“He is pro-life and will govern as a pro-life governor,” he said.

McInnis’ possible former association with the group may become a political issue leading up to the state convention May 22, said Bob Loevy, political science professor at Colorado College. Convention-goers tend to be more conservative on social issues than the party as a whole.

“It will be a problem because it is important to the activists,” Loevy said. “A great deal of the impact, however, depends on how his opponents exploit it.”

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