Heard that the Republican Josh Penry just dropped out of the race.  Too bad, even if he was way too young, something like the coach of the Broncos, he would of at least given us a choice of somebody else that’s running except Hogan & Hartson of Washington, DC.

Who’s this you ask?  Well, its the law firm (the firm) that both McInnis and Ritter work for.  Remember Ritter had to make sure the firm gets their stimulus money (fees) first – just in case.

FromDenver Post article.

Ritter hired his former law firm, the Washington-based Hogan & Hartson, in a no-bid contract to review stimulus spending, The Denver Post reported Friday. It said the firm was paid $40,000 in stimulus money through June.

Aides to the governor insisted the contract was properly awarded. The state attorney general’s office deemed the contract necessary to allow the state to have speedy legal advice about stimulus money. The contract is too small to require competitive bidding.

Ritter worked for the Denver office of Hogan & Hartson in 2005, leaving the following year when he ran for governor. The law firm has about 1,300 lawyers across the country and specializes in public finance, real estate, white-collar litigation and environmental and governmental regulation.

Note: Ritter was making sure the “firm” is handled and also note how he supplied the firm with all the additional “environmental” work in these last few years.  Although it has cost the people of the western slope dearly in jobs and livilhood (75% of the industry laid down in a quarter), the firm did OK with all of Ritter’s new work in the evironment and governmental regulation.

So now we are suppose to get excited the next candidate the firm offering up for show, this Scott McInnis.  I think somebody told me once his office was across the hallway from Ritter – like they shared the same view.  The firm must think the Colorado folks are into the way stupid and these lawyers are interchangable parts to them.  But hey, maybe the  Denver/Boulder folks are so smoked out, its all they can handle and can’t see anything else.



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