Gessler Reaches New Heights of Absurdity

UPDATE: Statement from Colorado Ethics Watch on Secretary of State Scott Gessler's lawsuit:

Yesterday, the team of lawyers who have been representing Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler at the public’s expense filed suit in Denver District Court, seeking a temporary restraining order that would prevent the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission (IEC) from finishing its ethics investigation of Gessler.  Ethics Watch filed a complaint in October 2012, and the IEC began investigating Gessler’s use of public funds to travel to Florida for the Republican National Convention and a gathering of Republican lawyers as well as a 2012 fiscal year-end “reimbursement” to Gessler of all remaining funds in the Department of State discretionary account.  Gessler is also under criminal investigation by the Denver District Attorney.

“Secretary Gessler is obviously desperate to prevent the release on Monday of an investigative report that would likely confirm not only the truth of Ethics Watch’s allegations, but that his conduct violated standards of conduct that prohibit the use of public funds for personal or political purposes,” said Ethics Watch Director Luis Toro. “We hope the Ethics Commission will not be intimidated by Secretary Gessler’s continued bullying tactics.”

As reported last night by Tim Hoover at the Denver Post, Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler is suing Colorado's Independent Ethics Commission over their investigation into misuse of state funds by Gessler himself. Gessler, you'll recall, is also under investigation by the Denver District Attorney's office for allegedly using state money to reimburse himself for political expenses.

Attorneys for Gessler charge that the Independent Ethics Commission's investigation is "injuring his reputation," which is as silly as it sounds. Nobody has done more to hurt Scott Gessler's reputation than, well Scott Gessler.

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  1. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    First Gessler enlists Suthers to mess up the IEC's legal counsel by joining Gessler's defense, and then Gessler sues the IEC.

    Perfect. Corruption.

  2. ArapaGOPArapaGOP says:

    If you would actually read your source material, you'd see that Gessler's complaint is legitimate. This does not involve influence peddling, and the alleged crime is being investigated. The IEC is not a criminal court. The only reason they are involved is because Ethics Watch filed complaints everywhere they would be accepted.

    It has nothing to do with the facts of the case, just that the IEC is not the right body to investigate.

    • Hah!

      The Independent Ethics Commission is empowered to uphold Amendment 29 of the Colorado Constitution:

      The Colorado State Constitution, Amendment 29, Section1, 1.d: Any effort to realize personal financial gain through public office other than compensation provided by law is a violation of that trust…

      So what part of this complaint is outside of their jurisdiction again?

      This is a desperate attempt by Gessler to stop the release of a report that might implicate him in using his office unethically. Such a ruling by the commission might also be used to further a criminal case against him. Surely there's nothing in that chain of events that might lead Gessler to conclude that an injunction would be in his benefit if he could persuade a judge to accept his reasoning…

      This is the act of a defense attorney arguing any and all points no matter how absurd, just as a matter of effective (or at least complete) representation.

  3. Albert J. Nock says:

    What is the actual law Gessler supposedly broke?

    What is the amount of money CEW references in their press propaganda piece?

    Define discretionary?

    Why is jurisdiction such an issue for Democrats? Without the premise of jurisdiction, any government can go after any person, for any reason, at any time.

    • roccoprahn says:

      Where's your reference about President Truman and fried plutonium vs. fried uranium?

      Do you assignments and then we'll move to gessler's illegal partisan activities. Not before.

      If you want to participate, try to stay up,  bring something accurate, and quit the bullshit accusations.

      Get me that Truman reference.

      • Albert J. Nock says:


        I get it; you do not want to answer these questions because they will probably take the wind from your sails.

        Of course Truman never made that exact quote however he did give final approval of the dropping of 1 p bomb and 1 u bomb. His employees favored the Uranium. There are reams of scientific papers regarding their preference and this hideous massacre…

        BTW, you give me no assignments, you have no authority…


        • roccoprahn says:

          Then why did you put it in quotes?

          Be specific, why would you deliberately mislead readers about this?

          This is important, because it speaks to your inability to be factual and coherent. When you abuse the blog like that, you lose credibility. That lack of credibility bleeds into discussion about the less than legitimate dealings of Gessler, which we cannot discuss untill you clear up the false quote concerning President Truman.

          Get it done.

        • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

          Of course Truman never made that exact quote

          So …you made it up…right? And that makes you a shit maker-upper, eh?

          How incredibly credible of you.

          • roccoprahn says:

            Welcome home, Duke. That sounded scary.

            That I70 stretch east-west from Russell is wicked. You obviously didn't put her in the ditch because you did it right.

            • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

              slow down…no sudden moves…don't stop…

              it seems to work.

              Not home though…I wish..I will be in Missouri for a month. I look forward to finding out about the political climate amongost the locals here.

              Nice place..but it ain't Colorado…traveling always reminds me why I love home (channeling Dorothy a little, I guess).


              • Gray in Mountains says:

                where in MO?

                • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

                  Springfield…home of Missouri State University, a massive medical education and research presence.. a beautiful location. The people seem very friendly and cooperative. It will be interesting to observe the politics here, compared to ours.

                  I sense, without knowing, that it is a rather well educated place…more on that later.

                  • Gray in Mountains says:

                    Southeast Missouri State University. Springfield is beautiful. Too bad they are manufacturing a new buckle for the bible belt every day

                    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

                      I missed the "Southeast" part…you know the place?

                      I'm unaware of a real connection between the university and all the hospitals…is there such a connection?

            • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

              and..Thanks, BTW.

              • Gray in Mountains says:

                Hmm, no reply button on your above post. There is connection between the university and the hospitals, nursing school anyway, no med school. MU (Columbia) and Northwest Mo State (Kirksville) have med schools

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