This morning’s must-read for Colorado political junkies … Face The State digs beneath the public relations stunt that was Gov. Bill Ritter’s public feedback email address to help him determine who should be the next Secretary of State:
The responses were overwhelmingly in support of [former state senator Ken] Gordon, who received 1,815 votes on a ProgressNow informal online poll. [Former House Speaker Andrew] Romanoff came in second with 632 votes,while [now-Secretary of State Bernie] Buescher trailed with 173 votes. Of the nearly 100 e-mails made public by Ritter’s administration (constituents must specifically waive their right to confidential communication), nearly 90 percent favored Gordon.
Not that popularity is the best prerequisite to oversee the state’s elections and business registrations. But tell that to Denver City Councilwoman Rosemary Rodriguez:
The grumbling began when three white males were selected as finalists for the vacant secretary of state position by a panel chosen to review applications for Gov. Bill Ritter. That left former Denver City Councilwoman Rosemary Rodriguez on the sidelines for a job overseeing Colorado elections, despite her experience as chairwoman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
Maybe Ritter was afraid his office would get even more emails from Rodriguez supporters outlining her qualifications for the job.