December 22, 2012

Gessler asks for dismissal of ethics complaint

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AP (Ivan Moreno) - 

Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler broke no rules when he was reimbursed more than $1,500 for travel to the Republican National Convention and a GOP election law conference in Florida, his attorneys maintain in a filing asking that an ethics complaint be dismissed.

Gessler's attorneys also say in the late-Thursday filing that his trip to Florida was cut short because of death threats to him and his family, and that his use of his office's discretionary fund was line with his predecessor's practices.

The state's Independent Ethics Commission is reviewing allegations that Gessler was improperly reimbursed $1,570 for attending political events. Denver prosecutors also are investigating to see if Gessler committed a crime.