DENVER — Desperate to win a boring four-way primary in his race to unseat Colorado’s Democratic governor, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who has spent the last three and one-half years doing his utmost to disenfranchise Latino voters whom he suspects of being illegally registered to vote, and who is lagging in the polls, told a solitary reporter today that he is catching a redeye tonight to fly to Washington to file suit against Sen. Rand Paul (TP. – Kentucky), after the Tea Party presidential wannabe announced that he is introducing legislation to restore voting rights in federal elections to persons convicted of nonviolent offenses.
As reported on Politico, Paul is also pursuing drug sentencing reform in the Senate and is mulling efforts aimed at easing nonviolent criminals back into the job market. He also wants to redefine some drug offenses currently classified as felonies to misdemeanors.
“I find it offensive,” Gessler said, “that a politically privileged kid like Rand Paul wants to open all our jails and prisons to people who have no right to vote."
But Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call, speaking from his luxurious office in the wealthy Denver suburb of Greenwood Village, was quick to defend Gessler. “Scott’s a bulldog,” Call said, “we put him in that job to make sure that mostly white people in the suburbs vote for us.”
Former Congressman and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, best known for his virulent stance against immigrants who are not supposed to be here, is the odds-on favorite to win Tuesday’s GOP primary. A spokesman for Tancredo tweeted the solitary reporter, asking him to accompany Gessler for the photo-op at the US District Court House in Washington. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz offered to pay the solitary reporter’s expenses for the trip.