Secretary of State Scott Gessler has faced a lot of pushback for his efforts to identify immigrants who are illegally on Colorado's voter rolls. But over the summer, those criticisms escalated to a new level when he received multiple violent threats, some targeting his family. Through an Open Records request, we now have new details on one disturbing phone call and the subsequent investigation -- and more information is expected this week.
While the threats took place over the summer -- and death threats toward politicians are not all that uncommon -- these cases have a lot of significance now and will continue to be important in the coming months.
Because Gessler, a Republican and the state's chief election officer, is currently the focus of criminal and ethics investigations, both the result of complaints from Colorado Ethics Watch, a watchdog group that has closely scrutinized Gessler on a number of issues.