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06/16/2010 06:02 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Reporters Should Quote McInnis Statement That His $300K Hasan Fellowship Was "Sweet"

Reporters have yet to interview Scott McInnis directly about his two-year, $300,000 fellowship from the Hasan Family Foundation--mostly to write a series of articles titled "Musings on Water," which totaled about 150 double-spaced pages.

Instead, spokesman Sean Duffy is handling the press, telling The Denver Post that McInnis fulfilled his contract with the foundation.

In a case like this, when a candidate is apparently not talking, reporters should go back and quote what he had to say on the topic previously, before he turned mum.

McInnis previously stated that his Hasan fellowship was "sweet."

McInnis said this on KHOW's Caplis and Silverman Show April 26.

He also said:

And so I was pretty excited to do it. It was the first time in my life I got paid to write about a subject that I, one, knew a little something about but, two, actually, I always like to tell, hey look at water look at history. So that's what that was about.

Questioned further by Silverman, McInnis stated:

When I got out [of Congress], we were having a conversation and they [the Hasan Family Foundation] said we'd be interested in doing this if you'd be interested in helping put together some articles at some point, could be used in a series for education on water in Colorado. So that's what that was about. And I was thrilled to do it. I got paid to do it. That's pretty sweet. And it was a family that cares intensely about the state of Colorado.