by Ralph Routon
For a few days, "expert observers" who supposedly know what's going on inside the state's Republican ranks were certain they had a story: State Sen. Josh Penry, the Senate minority leader, was apparently certain to become fellow Grand Junction resident Scott McInnis' running mate for the 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
But that meant Penry would be running for lieutenant governor. And in an interview with the Denver Post, Penry has shot down that speculation, calling it "absolutely untrue."
For his part, McInnis also said he was focusing more on developing his challenge against Gov. Bill Ritter instead of worrying about who might be lieutenant governor. McInnis also has a Republican primary opponent, Dan Maes of Evergreen.
But if Penry won't be running alongside McInnis, that will add fresh fuel to the rumors that El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark might become the No. 2 person on the McInnis ticket. Clark, by the way, already is the El Paso County campaign chair for McInnis.