Ritter taps McInnis mountain-range kerfuffle for laughs and cash
Wednesday, July 08, 2009 at 12:59 pm
Gov. Ritter’s re-election campaign dispatched a fundraiser email this morning poking fun at his GOP opponent Scott McInnis. Readers are asked to identify the mountain range that appears on the Ritter website. “Can you place these mountains?” Follow a link to the website and you get more of the pointed levity:
“We’ll give you a hint: Bill Ritter knows you don’t need a passport to find the world’s most spectacular mountains and landscapes. You don’t even need to leave Colorado.”
McInnis launched his campaign website last week. It prominently featured a picturesque mountain range that exists nowhere in Colorado. The New York firm consulting with the campaign reportedly just really liked the look of Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies.
The Colorado Independent first reported the blunder, which was uncovered by bloggers at Colorado Pols and subsequently ricocheted into the national media.
From that original TCI story:
McInnis’ misplaced mountain echoes a famous snafu from a little over a year ago when Republican Senate candidate Bob Schaffer had to pull his inaugural campaign commercial when bloggers discovered it featured Alaska’s Mount McKinley rather than Pikes Peak. Schaffer campaign manager Dick Wadhams blamed the mistake on a Washington, D.C.-based media consulting firm.
McInnis made waves right before the election last fall when he told The Colorado Independent he would have done a better job than Schaffer did in the U.S. Senate contest against the eventual winner, Democrat Mark Udall. “I would have beat Udall, that wasn’t the issue,” McInnis said.
The Ritter webpage: