U.S. Senate candidate John Keyser is blaming his campaign's initial failure to qualify for the GOP primary ballot on a "bureaucrat" in Colorado's secretary of state's office.
Keyser: "It was an interesting week. It wasn't too dramatic for us. We had double and triple-checked our signature process and everything.... We had a secretary of state that said we had a problem. We were a few signatures short in one of the congressional districts. But we knew we were okay. We were very confident about that. It took a couple days, but I'm on the ballot now and ready to beat Michael Bennet.
Connell: What was the confusion...
Keyser: We had a guy who was working for us for months, collecting signatures. He did a great job, doing that. Now the secretary of state, not actually the secretary of state, but a bureaucrat that works in that office decided that he couldn't quite tell who that person was, whether in fact he was a registered voter. He was of course. He had been registered as a Republican for years and everything. We know we didn't have any issue there. Unfortunately, we had to go to court to take care of it, but were' moving on.
Here's what actually happened, per The Denver Post's John Frank and Mark Matthews:
Keyser missed the mark in one congressional district because the address for one of the petition collectors did not match the registered voter file, as required by law. [BigMedia emphasis]
So the evil bureaucrat in the secretary of state's office was just following the law!
A judge later determined that the Keyser campaign made the error, but she determined that Keyser came close enough to following the rules that she let his name appear on the ballot--in the interest of giving voters a choice. Close call for Keyser. If he had been following the rules, he wouldn't have needed the judge's decision.
So Keyser's "double" and "triple" checking did not uncover the error, which was discovered by the secretary of state's office. Despite this, Keyser tries to blame a government official who was just following the law.
Connell should make an on-air correction, stating that Keyser delivered misinformation on her show.
Listen to Jon Keyser on the Mandy Connel Show May 2, 2016