Wednesday March 26th, 2014
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, announced today that Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler was selected to participate in “March Badness”–a competition between ProgressNow state affiliates to single out the worst examples of right-wing extremism and corruption across America.

“Many of the 22 ProgressNow affiliate states entered submissions for the 2014 ProgressNow March Badness bracket,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “This year’s contenders include some real losers, like Pennsylvania’s Gov. Tom Corbett and Congressman Darrell Issa of California. That’s tough competition for the title of worst right-wing extremist politician in America, but Colorado’s ‘Money Badger’ is up for the challenge.”

Since taking office in 2011, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler has faced scandal after scandal over his own efforts to tilt the playing field to his and his party’s advantage. Gessler, the state’s chief elections officer, actually once said that “a good election” is when “Republicans win.” [1] Gessler is the only statewide politician in office today in Colorado who has been found by the state’s Independent Ethics Commission to have “breached the public trust for private gain.” [2]

The March Badness competition, conducted and judged by ProgressNow national staff, will pair off and select winners from a “Not-So-Sweet Sixteen” set of finalists who made the initial cut. For more information, visit the March Badness page. (LINK)

“Over the past three years, Scott Gessler has caused more controversy, and been hit with more ethics scandals, than any politician currently in office in the state of Colorado,” said Runyon-Harms. “By simple yardsticks of scandal and mismanagement, he’s the worst Secretary of State Colorado has seen in decades–maybe ever. To say that Gessler would be a disaster for Colorado in higher office is an understatement.”

“For all of these reasons,” said Runyon-Harms, “we believe Gessler has what it takes to win this year’s March Badness competition: the search for the very worst in right-wing politics today.”