The Pueblo Chieftan

Gessler: Governor beatable

When Secretary of State Scott Gessler was the featured guest at a Pueblo County Republican Party meeting last March, he was shaking hands and asking for support for his re-election campaign.

Sec. of State Scott Gessler talks about running for governor on Wednesday, Sept.18, 2013 in Pueblo, Colo. (Chris McLean, The Pueblo Chieftain)
Sec. of State Scott Gessler talks about running for governor on Wednesday, Sept.18, 2013 in Pueblo, Colo. (Chris McLean, The Pueblo Chieftain)

Six months later — and after the recall election of two Democratic state senators — Gessler is now after Gov. John Hickenlooper’s job.

“I think it’s a winnable race and those recall elections are just a reflection of the dissatisfaction in the state,” Gessler said Wednesday in Pueblo.

Gessler has been a high-profile Republican while overseeing state elections. He’s clashed with Democrats over election rules, gone to court to prevent ballots being sent to inactive voters and demanded the federal Department of Homeland Security review voter rolls for illegal voters.

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