Can “Honey Badger” Sneak In a Win?

Scott Gessler.

Scott Gessler.

The two most likely scenarios in tomorrow's Republican gubernatorial primary elections, based on all polling of the race, is either a win by former Congressman Bob Beauprez or his colleague Tom Tancredo. But there is a third possible outcome that we do want to note for the record, as the Denver Post's Joey Bunch reported last week:

[Scott Gessler] embraces the nickname "Honey Badger" — even calling his campaign Team Honey Badger — which came from the Internet meme about "the most fearless animal in the animal kingdom."

"He has less baggage than Tancredo, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have any," University of Denver political scientist Peter Hanson said of Gessler's primary opponent, who is known for controversy.

To his credit, Gessler has a well-organized, disciplined campaign, Hanson said. [Pols emphasis]

One thing we know from elections past is that polling is notoriously problematic in a low-turnout primary election, because a disciplined get-out-the-vote field campaign can turn polling results on their head on Election Night. And that possibility remains for tomorrow night: even though Beauprez and Tancredo are hogging the spotlight for earned media in this race, Gessler's by all accounts quality campaign, staffed by smart up-and-coming intelligentsia Republicans, just might be getting the ballots in from their well-targeted voters.

This possibilty prevents us from completely writing off any of the three viable contenders in this nominally four-man, widely regarded as a two-man race. Mike Kopp has no ability to pull off a steal himself, having never raised the minimum needed to undertake a field campaign. We don't even think his Rocky Mountain Gun Owners endorsement can help him at this point, with Kopp basically in vanity mode after winning the state assembly.

If there's an upset brewing in this race, Gessler will be it.

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  1. Ralphie says:

    Of course he can.  Doesn't he tabulate the votes and certify the election?

  2. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    Moddy thanks God for the new lease on life you've given him with this post.

  3. gertie97 says:

    He can mobilize all those many thousands of illegal voters his crack investigations have uncovered, but cleverly concealed for just this moment.


    • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

      + 20,000, at least,  Gertie… or maybe 197. Or 4. If we count Caldara, Marks, and Navarro-Ratzlaff, 7.

      I'd like to say that there's no way Gessler can win the primary. If he does, though, it's on.

  4. ZappateroZappatero says:

    Can “Honey Badger” Sneak In a Win?

    No. But if he does, he'll have his sordid past full of poor ethical choices thrown at him by everyone and their mother.

    Let's remember he "applied" for his first public service job knowing he didn't like the pay and wanting to still work part time at his private job. 

    He started his tenure in January 2011 by telling the Denver Business Journal that at $68,500 per year, his new gig didn’t pay well enough. He’d planned to moonlight for his old law firm, Hackstaff Law Group. But the firm specializes in election law, so it often has business with the secretary of state’s office. Although Gessler swore he would only represent clients who didn’t have a conflict with his day job, as his visibility increased, fewer clients would fit that bill. “I backed down on it, in part, because the publicity made it absolutely untenable,” Gessler says. “I could not effectively represent a client with that level of publicity.”

    A lie to explain a blatantly unethical desire to increase his pay. His law school professors could've given him a Retroactive 'F' for that bit of B.S.

  5. Progressicat says:

    He has a better chance of finding those thousands of fraudulent voters.  I'm thinking post primary Gessler postings will need a trigger warning for Moddy.

    I'm thinking Beauprez, Tancredo, what's his name who's in office, then what's his name who left office

  6. ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

    Andrew Struttman and Rory McShane are two talented and young rising GOP political operative stars

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