The Glenwood Springs engineer blamed by gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis for plagiarizing passages in water essays for which the Republican congressman was paid $300,000 told a Denver TV station Wednesday that McInnis was lying and that the campaign tried to force him to sign a statement taking blame for the issue.

Rolly Fischer, 82, told KMGH-Ch. 7 that he thought he was sending McInnis raw research in preparation for the 2008 Senate campaign. "I had this sophomoric assumption that he wanted them for his own inventory," Fischer said.

He said he was paid a few hundred dollars for each article.

McInnis spokesman Dean Duffy said Fischer's comments to the TV station "don't match the conversations I personally had with Rolly on Monday and they don't match the conversation Scott had with Rolly on Tuesday."

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