Email letters, November 19, 2013

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While Janet Blackman is certainly entitled to express her opinion as to Scott Gessler’s qualifications for higher office (“Sentinel unfairly targets Secretary of State Gessler”), her sentiments reveal how the low her standards are – given Gessler’s substantially fraudulent “crusade” to eradicate theoretical “voter fraud” from Colorado elections.

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 reportedly widely-shared bipartisan opinion that “the entire thing [was] an utter waste of time and resources” when “there [were] 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 dubious 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, because Gessler must compete in next years’ Republican primary, his fact-free campaign against virtually non-existent “voter fraud” can best be interpreted as pandering to the right-wing “base” (including Blackman?) who are obsessed with imaginary “voter fraud” (despite the absence of any “factual basis”) for 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 Republicans’ anti-democratic, “un-American” activities by gutting the Voting Rights Act earlier this year.

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

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