Penry says it was a personal decision aimed at making sure Republicans unseat Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter in 2010 and spend their money reclaiming offices lost in the last three election cycles. He then reinforced the point by appearing at a unity rally to back McInnis and a new state GOP platform.
But in an extended interview last week shortly after that rally, Penry made clear that he would have preferred to see McInnis drop out instead and that he did so only reluctantly.
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