| If you've been reading The Denver Post over the past year, you know Secretary of State Scott Gessler likes to talk about possible fraud in Denver elections, as he did when he filed a lawsuit trying to stop counties from mailing ballots to inactive voters, and as he did when he was waving lists of possible illegal voters.
(My mistake, he didn't wave these lists; he just talked about them and refused to make them public.)
But, if you've been reading The Post, you may not know that Gessler has alleged real-life, actual, happening-now fraud. That's of course a far more serious allegation, but not a word of it has graced the pages of The Post.
That is, until Saturday, in an opinion column by Fred Brown, who scooped the entire news department.
Brown's column was the first piece of any kind, news or opinion in The Post, stating Scott Gessler's view that there is actual election fraud in Colorado.
"He [Gessler] rode into office in 2010 on a wave of Tea Party insurgence and immediately began warning everyone, from Coloradans to congressional committees, about election fraud, which he says is widespread but most others, including Meyer, say is a minor problem."
In an email exchange with me, Brown wrote that he didn't talk to Gessler directly about this.
But Gessler said on the radio: "So we know fraud exists. The question is, what's the extent and what's the proper balance."
And to the Pueblo Chieftain: "Signatures vary a lot, and sometimes people's signatures don't match what's on file. Some are fraud, some are innocent mistakes."
Brown wrote that he relied on other sources, including Gessler's congressional testimony, which was quoted in The Post but does not quite allege fraud. Gessler testified, "We know we have a problem with possible noncitizens on the voter rolls."
Because Brown didn't talk with Gessler directly, a door is wide open, beckoning, for a Post reporter to get out in front of the commentary section, track down Scott Gessler, and ask him, "Where's his evidence for fraud in Colorado elections?"
And if he has none, why does a laywer like him, much less a man who's got the title of Secretary of State, play fast and loose with the F word?