Friday, April 29, 2016

Keyser back on the ballot, others still trying

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 5:31 PM

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Former state Rep. Jon Keyser is back from the dead.

Earlier this week, it was announced that the U.S. Senate candidate failed to make the Republican primary ballot. Keyser needed 1,500 valid petition signatures from Republican voters in each of Colorado's seven Congressional districts, for a total of 10,500 signatures, to make the primary ballot for the seat, but the Colorado Secretary of State's Office announced that he fell 86 signatures short of the mark. Keyser, however, legally challenged the ruling and won. 

At issue was the signatures collected by a single petition gatherer, who had not updated the address on his voter registration as legally required. The petitioner had recently moved. Thus, any signatures gathered by the petitioner that listed his new address were not counted as valid.

The court, however, ruled that: " Mr. Keyser substantially complied with the Colorado Election Code."

That ruling meant the signatures were counted and Keyser made the ballot. He joins El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn and Jack Graham, a former Colorado State Athletic director.

Two other candidates, Robert Blaha, a Colorado Springs businessman, and former Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier, also failed to make the ballot yesterday due to insufficient valid signatures. Frazier told the Denver Post he would appeal the decision.

Blaha released the following statement:

Late this afternoon we were notified by the Secretary of State that our petition was insufficient, and we are currently evaluating the Secretary of State's report. After we have concluded a thorough evaluation, we will have further comment regarding our next steps in seeking the Republican nomination for U.S Senate. We believe that after our review, the final analysis will validate that we are in substantial compliance.

The winner of the primary will go on to challenge U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, in November. Unsurprisingly, the Colorado Democratic Party has been delighted by the circus on the Republican side of the race. Chris Meagher, spokesman for the Colorado Democratic Party, released the following statement after Keyser won his legal challenge:

After being handpicked by the national Republican Party and blowing off grassroots Republicans, Jon Keyser had to sue his way onto the Republican primary ballot. Now he's back to limping through the primary with no momentum and practically no money, while Robert Blaha and Ryan Frazier prepare their own lawsuits to get back on the ballot.

Keyser was anointed by the same national Republicans who have spent years creating gridlock in Washington, and like a typical politician Keyser has refused to take positions on issues that matter to Colorado while blowing off the grassroots to jaunt off to locales like Las Vegas in an attempt to raise money from billionaire establishment megadonors. Keyser has pledged to support Donald Trump if he’s the nominee and it’s clear that if elected to the Senate, Jon Keyser would only add to the dysfunction in Washington.

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