Denver fixture columnist Mike Littwin, now writing for the Colorado Independent, caught up with Secretary of State Scott Gessler at yesterday's event announcing Gessler's gubernatorial campaign. Doing what apparently none of the fancy-pants mainstream media outlets could not, Littwin asked Gessler the same question we would have: what do you think of Boulder resident Jon Caldara's vote fraud scandal in Colorado Springs?
Gessler, who is Colorado’s top elections official and who was, in a previous life, an election lawyer, said he was not offended by Caldara’s stunt. He was all in.
“I think Caldara did a really good job of bringing attention to this,” he said. “I think he really did.
“I think he handled it in the right way in the sense of not casting a vote. I mean, he cast a ballot, but it was blank, so nobody could accuse him of doing something wrong. And it sounds like he’s staying in El Paso.” [Pols emphasis]
Apparently, Gessler hadn't heard the news that Caldara had crassly invoked the recent flooding as an excuse to "keep Boulder as a permanent home." The legal analysis we've heard strongly suggests that Caldara did not "handle it in the right way" at all, and the "blank ballot" won't protect him–as reported yesterday, the Attorney General is now investigating. Presumably, Gessler didn't know that either.
After watching Gessler turn over hundreds of names to local law enforcement to investigate on dubious suspicion of "noncitizen voting," and seeing those investigations time and time again turn up nothing, it's of course reasonable to question Gessler's judgment. At the very least, why would this front-to-back documented case of vote fraud not be worthy of the same scrutiny Gessler expected DAs to give all the perfectly legal voters he turned over to them? Despite all the willful ignorance he's shown over the years, we do believe Gessler is smarter than this, and knows perfectly well that breaking the law as a "stunt" is still breaking the law.
Especially coming from the state's chief elections official, Gessler's lack of concern about Caldara's actions is preposterous–and God help the Gessler for Governor campaign if Caldara does get indicted, after Gessler praised this felonious little "stunt."