Gessler: I’m In Office “To Further The Conservative Viewpoint”

As reported in the Greeley newspaper this weekend, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler made a fairly astounding slip during a keynote speech to the Weld County GOP’s Lincoln Day dinner. Or maybe it wasn’t a slip–speaking before a friendly and rural Republican audience, with no television cameras to be seen, maybe Gessler just felt safe to say what he really feels.

According to reporter Nate Miller of the Greeley paper, Gessler was discussing “criticism” he had received since taking office on various issues. Not his abortive decision to work part time for his old elections law firm, or to hire the former head of an organization Gessler once represented and had accumulated vast reporting fines–not that stuff, mind you, but the fight over several million dollars Gessler wants to keep in his office budget, and his steadfast support for citizenship ‘verification’ schemes to purge the voter rolls.

Reports Miller, Gessler now claims that he wants the money for a citizenship verification program–first we’ve heard of that, his previous defense was that the money was from business fees and should be used for related purposes. But Gessler says all of his actions since taking office have been in pursuit of principle, “whatever the consequences may be.”

Because you see, gentle reader, Scott Gessler wasn’t elected Secretary of State to serve the state of Colorado! Gessler straight-out told his audience of Weld County Republicans that, even though he “wants to be thoughtful,” and considerate of both sides, the reason he was really elected is “to further the conservative viewpoint.” Not to safeguard Colorado’s elections, or administer business law, or lobbyist registration, nonprofits and charities, or any of his nonpartisan constitutional duties. “To further the conservative viewpoint.” We’re not saying he’s blowing these responsibilities off. But by his own admission, something else comes first.

We knew all of this before, of course. But we are a little amazed that he came out and said it.

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  1. Ralphie says:

    Hmmm.  If you’re talking about HB11-1252, the only one active at the moment, the Fiscal Note on it is only $12K.

    Does he have another one coming to replace the bill that was killed in the Senate?

    • Awen says:

      That’s the bill that attempted to take $4 million from Gessler’s budget; but the Democrats backed off on that in conference committee (JBC) and let it go back to Gessler’s office.

    • JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

      This isn’t about 1252, it’s about money that Buescher had decided the office didn’t need but Gessler decided he did.

      Gessler, a Republican, said that he wants to use the money, which is in a cash fund generated by fees on business filings, in his office and that it shouldn’t go toward general state purposes.

      “These are business fees that businesses pay in for business services,” Gessler said. “I understand that they’re used to help elections. But I don’t think that these business fees should be used for general tax dollars, and that’s what would happen if they’re transferred to the general fund.”

      Hey Scott, what does suppressing the brown vote have to do with “business services?”

    • damage done to the Wisconsin capitol building by protesters.  It’s multiple millions when trying to gain the sympathy of (especially conservative) voters, but next to nothing otherwise.

  2. bjwilson83 says:

    That’s why he ran as a Republican and not a Democrat. The secretary of state is a partisan election. You lost, so now you can’t continue your little racket of letting non-citizens vote. Deal with it.

  3. ardy39 says:

    The “conservative” position is that if something is not in the Constitution, then it is no business of government.

    UNLESS one is a “conservative.”

    On second or third thought, I don’t get this at all.

    Just what are the “principles” at issue here? Or is “principles” just a fancy way of spelling “priorities?” And we all know how current events can alter one’s sense of “priorities.”

  4. BlueCat says:

    Wisconsin Senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald coming right out and saying that taking away from unions means less money to reelect Obama after weeks of Walker and Repubs claiming that the attack on unions was all about the budget emergency. On Fox, too.  Can’t very well accuse them of tricking him or taking him out of context.  

    They are so over confident, they’re forgetting that there are things you’re not supposed to say out loud.  

  5. He and his law partners don’t care which side pays them.

    Most of his clients happen to be of that persuasion, but I don’t think the man gives a damn about ideology.

    He cares about his own ego and career.

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