CO Secy of State Scott Gessler provides teachable moment about salaries of elected officials

Just as I figured (and said), people are wising up to the situation Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler brought to the forefront when he said he’d work a second job.  But as always, there are the wise – and then there are otherwise.  (h/t Mark Levin)

When I help or support a candidate, as I did with Scott Gessler, I pretty much leave them to their own devices once elected and let them do the job they were elected to do.  Like with some council candidates locally, my interaction with those I supported goes to about zero, or close to it, after the election.  The same thing occurred with Scott, who became a friend before I knew he was a candidate, but I haven’t had contact with him since his victory party – and definitely haven’t talked to him about this particular issue.  

I try to advise people I support not to make it easy for the opposition to pile on.  In Scott’s case, he had a bunch of leftwing loons just waiting in the wings for any misstep.  They thought they had one with this “moonlighting” situation, from the radical leftwing group ProgressNow, to liberal advocacy group Colorado Ethics Watch, to leftwing blog Colorado Pols (the strikethroughs are there because those groups want you to believe they aren’t what they really are), to our own merry band of losers who would stalk Scott locally.  Problem is, as I said, not only was there nothing wrong, illegal, or unethical about what Scott proposed doing – it’s now opened the doors for a healthy discussion about pay levels for elected officials.

Latest to jump into the fray is Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett and his guest opinion in the February 2, 2010 Times-Call.  To be clear, Mr. Garnett is a Democrat (not a Democratic, linguistically that would make no sense) and the Times-Call is supposedly some GOP outpost of thought.  Yeah, I know constant thinking and rational readers of this blog don’t need these reminders, but I need to occasionally point out these obvious things for those that read and respond to this blog that have metal plates in their heads.

Anyway, Mr. Garnett basically wrote that Scott Gessler did all other elected officials a favor by bringing up an issue that is long overdue – even at the risk to his own (Gessler’s) career.  Specifically, he said “Moreover, those most informed on the issue, the statewide elected officials, usually say little for fear of appearing self-serving” and then he went onto “three reasons why public officials should be paid adequately“.

Within those three reasons, he echoed the comments from a TC Line that I reposted about not just having the rich run for office.  People can argue what “adequate” and “rich” are, as those numbers are continually shifted downward from the highest level of government, but it’s pretty safe to say that Mr. Gessler has proven he isn’t “rich” (otherwise why would he need the second income?) and people like Stan Garnett and others are acknowledging that some elected offices are under-compensated, in other words not “adequate“.  It’s good to see an elected official of Mr. Garnett’s position to agree with what appears to be a barometer of opinion after all – the TC Line!  Either that or some of our leftwing loons think Mr. Garnett is in lockstep with those that know nothing about anything – hey, it’s their words, not mine.  Just glad to echo them for you, you wouldn’t know about their idiocy any other way, happy to be of service.

I suspect now that Mr. Garnett has weighed in pretty much how I figure most politicians feel on the issue, Democrat or Republican, those fringe radical know-nothings that tried to go to town on this issue will either reassess their position or slink back into the walls like the cockroaches they are.  Scott Gessler just pulled off what others didn’t have the balls guts to do, I won’t go as far as saying it was intentional because I don’t think the negative attention was worth it – and now he’s said he won’t take that second job after all.  The slime that skittered around and overreacted could maybe take a lesson from this and occasionally play devils advocate once in a while, think a little before shooting off ones uninformed (and overfed) mouth –  and look at the big picture.  Maybe you won’t constantly lose and be wrong all of the time.  Just some free advice from your pal, Chris

 

About Chris Rodriguez

Chris is the editor/publisher of LightningRod Blog - as well as founder/editor of Wrongmont, Longmont Advocate, Vote!Longmont, Longmont Politics, the LightningRod Radio Network, as well as being the original Longmont Examiner. Chris is a writer and talker - whether it be blogs, podcasts, music, or public speaking. When he's not heard on Air Traffic radio, he can be heard on his podcasts or seen in the local paper causing trouble.
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5 Responses to CO Secy of State Scott Gessler provides teachable moment about salaries of elected officials

  1. Jonathan says:

    Your article and Stan Garnett’s piece are true about some elected officials but not others. It is true at the state level in CO but not at the county level in BoCo. Stan ran for State Attorney General and would have had to take a pay cut had he won. Amazingly each of the 3 BoCo commissioners are paid more than the State AG and almost as much as the Governor. Then there is the unelected BoCo Open Space Czar that is paid more than any elected state level official.

  2. Jonathan says:

    Your article and Stan Garnett’s piece are true about some elected officials but not others. It is true at the state level in CO but not at the county level in BoCo. Stan ran for State Attorney General and would have had to take a pay cut had he won. Amazingly each of the 3 BoCo commissioners are paid more than the State AG and almost as much as the Governor. Then there is the unelected BoCo Open Space Czar that is paid more than any elected state level official.

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