The Gessler 155: Zero prosecutions of people secretary of state says voted illegally

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Kudos to the Sentinel for publishing Charles Ashby’s potentially award-winning expose’ of Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s substantially fraudulent “crusade” to eradicate “voter fraud” from Colorado elections (“The Gessler 155”).  What remains is for its editors to opine on the implications of Ashby’s revelations.

In 2011, Gessler falsely testified to Congress that Democratic Senator Michael Bennet’s narrow 2010 victory over Republican Ken Buck may have been due to 5000 illegal votes cast by some 16,270 non-citizens allegedly registered to vote.  Actually, at most 80?!?

That falsehood confirms the widely-shared and reportedly bipartisan opinion that “the entire thing has been an utter waste of time and resources” when “there are far more pressing issues [Gessler’s] office could have been working on”.

Precisely because Gessler is seeking the Republican nomination to run against Governor Hickenlooper in 2014, his willingness to “waste” government “time and resources”, his distorted sense of priorities, and his previously documented ethical shortcomings, should cause voters (and the Sentinel) to question his integrity and suitability for higher office.

Indeed, it is precisely because Gessler is running in next years’ Republican primary that his fact-free campaign against virtually non-existent “voter fraud” can best be interpreted as pandering to right-wing extremists who remain obsessed with imaginary “voter fraud” (despite the absence of any “factual basis”) due to fear of minorities’ voting power.

Acting on this manufactured paranoia, at least nineteen Republican-controlled states have passed laws with the (sometimes admitted) intent and effect of suppressing minority (and thus Democratic) votes.  The Supreme Court further emboldened those anti-democratic, “un-American” initiatives by gutting the Voting Rights Act of 1965 earlier this year.

Thus, those who believe that voting is the most fundamental constitutional right—upon which all other rights depend—should be extremely hesitant to vote for any Republicans—especially Scott Gessler.

The article has the apologists’ side for Gessler, but there are no excuses. He picked up on the frenzy of teabag pubs that was only a thinly veiled program to disenfranchise voters. He is careless, reckless and a disgrace to public office. His blatant and unsubstantiated testimony before congress should be cause to throw him out for malfeasance. This article doesn’t even mention his loose play with funds and run-ins with the state Ethics Committee. Only fools would help him promote a further career in elected offices.

Pink unicorns, literary awards? Implications? Typical dems-he who screams loudest and longest. In the wake of numerous democrat led scandals, lie after lie after lie and in the face of stupidity we have these pronstiors. Pffft. And yes there ARE far more pressing issues. Just look at the great leader barry hussein soetoro-sebelius cannot attend congressional hearings due to that important kennedy gala in Boston. Indeed. Voter fraud? Oh dont we recall the black panthers and siu “guarding the polling places?” That was mere years ago. Oh and how about they voters that were “disenfranchised” during recall election. Indeed the dems and pelosi, reid, hussein, hillary, holder and the rest are so upstanding as to instill my desire to be like them! NOT!

Once again, Jerry Sanders emerges from his fact-free bubble to spout gibberish.  As for “black panthers” at polling places, see:

“Black Panther Voter Intimidation Story by Fox News is Totally Fabricated (I Filmed the Video!)”  by Stephen Robert Morse (November 6, 2012:

Four years ago, when I was a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, I returned to Philadelphia for Election Day.  From my days as a collegiate journalist, I knew that extremely wacky things occur in Philly on Election Day.  On Election Day 2006, I had been barricaded out of a polling place, had a camera intentionally knocked out of my hand by a deputy of Democratic Congressman Bob Brady, and was taken away in a police car (for my own safety so I was told), before convincing a judge that I had every right to record video outside of a polling place, prompting him to immediately release me with no charges. 

So, in 2008, I asked Democrat and Republican friends in Philly, where I was still registered to vote, if they could get me a poll watcher’s certificate so I could have solid access to the polls. Ultimately, the Philadelphia GOP procured me one.

As I later wrote in Mother Jones:

“On Election Day, I was working as a paid videographer for the Philadelphia Republican Party. My job was to find and document voting irregularities. (I’d worked for Democrats, including Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter, in previous election cycles.) Around midday, someone called and said that he was turned away from his polling place because a man with a billy club had told him that white people weren’t allowed to vote there. The caller refused to give his name, and I wrote his number and the polling place location down on a scrap of paper. (I don’t know who the caller was, because at some point during the next hour, I lost the piece of paper and had no idea whose cell phone I took the initial call on.) I caught a ride to the polling place and arrived 15 minutes later.
When I got there, I saw two men—later revealed to be King Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson, members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, a fringe black supremacist group—standing outside the building. They were clad in some sort of paramilitary garb, and Shabazz was holding a nightstick. I immediately reached for my camera.  When I went back to Philly for Election Day 2010, Jerry Jackson was at the same polling place. But Shabazz, who held the billy club and was more aggressive, was nowhere to be seen.

So it was no surprise that Fox News, who have played my video hundreds, if not thousands, of times, found Jackson at the same polling place this morning.  That said, so long as he didn’t have a nightstick like Shabazz, who was by far more aggressive, unstable, and confrontational, I don’t think he’s all that intimidating.

But Fox News will be Fox News, so you’ll probably see them rehashing this story for FOUR MORE YEARS!

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