Monday, April 25, 2016
CONTACT: Alan Franklin, Political Director at [email protected]

DENVER: After Colorado’s Republican Secretary of State ruled today that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jon Keyser did not submit enough valid petition signatures to make the 2016 Republican primary ballot, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on Keyser to set aside his habitual dishonesty and play by the rules.

“We wouldn’t put anything past Jon Keyser, including dishonesty,” said ProgressNow Colorado political director Alan Franklin. “This is the same Jon Keyser who claimed as a House candidate that he had received ‘two ballots’ for an election, when the truth is Keyser was lying–and he knew it the whole time. Keyser can’t blame our Republican Secretary of State for his own incompetence. It’s time for Keyser to do what he seems to have the most trouble doing: play by the rules, and respect our election system even when it doesn’t go his way.”

“Jon Keyser is the biggest nothingburger in Colorado politics, and it’s time to throw in the towel,” said Franklin. “Keyser promised to clear the field with his Washington, D.C. insider support, but he could barely raise enough money to keep the lights on. Now we learn his pay-to-play petition campaign also came up short?”

“In hindsight, Jon Keyser should have held on to his House seat,” said Franklin. “Keyser has a long way to go before he’s ready for prime time.”