Colorado: Penry outraises McInnis in Grand Junction |

Colorado: Penry outraises McInnis in Grand Junction

DENVER, Colorado – In the Republican gubernatorial race, political donors are favoring State Sen. Josh Penry over former congressman Scott McInnis in their hometown of Grand Junction.

A Denver Post analysis of contributions during the third quarter shows that Penry took in $140,000 from donors in Grand Junction. That’s almost five times more than the $30,000 collected by McInnis there.

Statewide though, McInnis collected more money – $545,000 compared with $400,000 for Penry – from July through September. McInnis, a six-term congressman, got support from many high-profile Republicans across the state like former U.S. attorney Troy Eid and Frances Owens, ex-wife of Gov. Bill Owens.

Penry, meanwhile, picked up donations from many current GOP state lawmakers.

The two candidates live about three miles apart and have a history together. Penry once worked for McInnis, and when Penry was elected to the state Senate three years ago, he defeated McInnis’ brother-in-law.

No one from Grand Junction has ever been elected governor of Colorado and town officials say they can’t remember the last time the city even had a viable candidate.

“So when we finally have one, we have two of them,” Mesa County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca said.

While Penry received most of his financial support from Grand Junction, McInnis’ biggest share of his donations come from Denver. Penry said his advantage against McInnis in their hometown is an encouraging sign on the race overall.

“We’re doing pretty well in Mesa County, a county that knows us both pretty well,” Penry said.

A McInnnis spokesman responded by saying that, “If Josh wants to run for county commissioner, that’s great.”

“But this is a statewide race,” said spokesman Sean Duffy.


Information from: The Denver Post,

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