Buescher asks voters in hometown for help

Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher told hometown Democrats on Saturday he’ll need their help to keep his job.

Buescher, a Grand Junction native, is running for election to the post to which he was appointed when his predecessor was elected to Congress. He spoke during the Democrats’ assembly in the Central High School auditorium.

“I have been fortunate to be in places where big issues have been placed before me,” Buescher said.

He helped craft the Colorado Children’s Health Insurance Program that eventually became the model for the national program, Buescher said.

Since he took over the Secretary of State’s Office, he has had to deal with “shadowy” organizations engaged in political activity that is no longer limited by federal laws that recently were declared unconstitutional, Buescher said.

His job will be to keep such expenditures “from disrupting and destroying the political system,” he said.

At the same time, Buescher said, he faces a strong challenge during “a tough year for Democrats and a tough year for incumbents.”

Buescher faces a Republican challenge from Denver attorney Scott Gessler.


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