When will this stop?
Westword's Kylie Horner askedAndrew Cole, Secretary of State Scott Gessler's Communications Advisor, about Gessler's repeated references to unproven instances of election fraud in Colorado.
I'm sending over a big high-five to Westword for asking the question, which major media are ignoring, but Cole slipped out of it, as you see below, leaving the door open for Westword or some other enterprising media entity to follow up. Gessler's office won't answer my questions on this matter.
Here's what Cole told Westword:
"We don't have proof of a lot of fraud," Cole says. "Critics on the left say he's talking about massive fraud. When we point to incidences of fraud, they say that's too limited. He's never talked about massive fraud; he's only talked about instances in the fraud which we know are there."
The Secretary of State's office pointed to a 2010 election case in which six voters were found to have voted twice -- once in Colorado and once Kansas. "We think that those sorts of instances of fraud point to vulnerabilities in the system," Cole says.
I wish I could send you one of Jon Stewart's dumbfounded faces through this blog.
I mean, where's the fraud?
The six people accused of voting twice yet to be convicted. All we have here is possible fraud. Not fraud, yet.
Also, Gessler said on the radio Monday that "some" noncitizens voted. This of course raises the shadowy specter of Colorado elections being influenced by foreigners. Are the people who voted twice noncitizens?
So someone should ask Cole, or preferably Gessler himself, where's the actual fraud he's been talking about?
Before he entered office, and discovered the salary to be too low, Gessler was a high-paid lawyer who knows better than to play fast and loose with the f word.