“Both Ways Bob” Makes The Ballot–Barely

UPDATE: FOX 31's Eli Stokols:

Beauprez, who had just three weeks to get the 10,500 signatures required to make the ballot after entering the governor’s race in late February, initially appeared to have fallen just short, despite spending upwards of $200,000 on the petition collection effort. The Secretary of State’s office decided to do an additional review late Tuesday and found that Beauprez had enough valid signatures after all.

Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who is running for governor himself, was “walled off” from the certification process, but sources indicate there was consternation within the office about the “optics” of Gessler’s office ruling Beauprez’s signatures insufficient to make the ballot and an intense effort to ensure that the petition review process was accurate…

To collect enough signatures in just three weeks, Beauprez spent around $250,000, according to those close to his campaign.

Other sources, however, indicated that the total expense may have been closer to $300,000.


Bob Beauprez.

Bob Beauprez.

A press release from Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler's office confirms, failed 2006 gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez has qualified for the 2014 Republican primary ballot:

Today Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert announced Bob Beauprez’s petition to appear on the Republican primary ballot for governor was found sufficient as required by statute. Primary Election Day is June 24. 

On March 31, 2014, Beauprez submitted 23,000 petition signatures to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State’s office began a line-by-line review of the signatures. Beauprez was required to gather 1,500 valid signatures from each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts for a total of 10,500 valid signatures.

Secretary of State Scott Gessler formally delegated authority over the petition verification process to Deputy Secretary Staiert.

Of the roughly 23,000 signatures submitted by Beauprez's campaign, only 12,209 were deemed valid, with a whopping 10,791 signatures thrown out. In addition to the total number of signatures, candidates are required to turn in at least 1,500 signatures from each of the state's seven congressional districts. In CD-1, a total of 1,524 signatures were validated–a perilously thin margin.

By contrast, Tom Tancredo turned in fewer gross signatures than Beauprez, but made the ballot with room to spare and a far higher validity rate. This is attributable to the "Pueblo model" petition campaign his volunteers and paid operatives conducted, drawing on the experience gained in the Senate District 3 recall election where petition signers were cross-checked in real time against the Secretary of State's list of registered voters.

Rumors are widespread that Beauprez paid an absolutely confiscatory rate per signature to make the ballot, as much as $18 dollars per signature or more. If that's true, we would hope that he's only paying for valid signatures, because it's clear that his paid gatherers were signing up anyone they could without any meaningful screening. Either way, you'd think the embarrassment of having almost half of your signatures deemed invalid would motivate petition gatherers to adopt the Pueblo model.

But that's Bob Beauprez, folks. Always a little behind the curve.

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  1. rathmone says:

    If Eli Stokols' tweet is to be believed, at 23,000 turned in and 12,209 accepted, he paid just under $15/sig, for a final tally of $27.85 per valid signature.

    • JeffcoBlue says:

      That's stunning. He really just threw cash at the ballot.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      I would be really interested in knowing what the signers were paid per signature, not just the total amount paid amortized over all signatures gathered. 


      My understanding of Colorado statute is that no signature gather can be compensated more than 20% of their total compensation on a per-signature basis(?)

  2. davebarnes says:

    I know this is "inside baseball" crap, but this demonstrates incompetence of a high order.
    How would he govern the state?

  3. HappyWarrior says:

    Big Bob Beauprez may end up running fourth in the Republican primary.  Still not ready for prime time but he does have a big checkbook

  4. DawnPatrol says:

    Yeah, this inspires confidence.

    Can any GOPer EVER do anything straightforward and on the up-and-up, or are they simply hard-wired to lie, cheat and steal? Can they achieve or win ANYTHING wihtout forfeiting their very souls?

    What the hell is wrong with these people? Who instilled this complete absence of confidence (not to be confused with cheap false bravado and a sense of entitlement), morals, ethics, honor and decency in them?

    I wish these were merely rhetorical questions.

  5. Davie says:

    Yeah, all Gessler's minions had to do was get 25 or so of the SoS staff to add their names to the Denver petition and voila!  Both Ways Bob is on the ballot 😉

    but sources indicate there was consternation within the office about the “optics” of Gessler’s office ruling Beauprez’s signatures insufficient to make the ballot and an intense effort to ensure that the petition review process was accurate… – See more at: http://coloradopols.com/diary/56932/both-ways-bob-makes-the-ballot-barely#sthash.RvxFnxmi.dpuf

  6. Diogenesdemar says:

    Barely (Any Way) Bob ??? . . . 

  7. About that "Pueblo Model" – does that mean that petition gatherers had registered voter lists with them and only allowed people to sign if they were on the list?

    (Inquiring minds want to know…)

    • gumshoe says:

      "Pueblo Model" is not Senate District 11 (Colorado Springs). It's Senate District 3. 

    • Colorado Pols says:

      In SD-3 Pueblo recall, and also in Arvada during the SD-19 petition drive, gatherers had the voter file for the district as a shared spreadsheet document. This could be accessed on a laptop or modern smartphone.

      Thanks, gumshoe, we updated the senate district. In the SD-11 recall (Morse), a large percentage of petition signatures were invalid–definitely the old way of doing business.

  8. Ralphie says:

    Did the horse sign a petition?

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