Reader: Scott Gessler was honest about his inability to live on $68,000 Sec. of State salary

Our own Jonathan Shikes named Secretary of State Scott Gessler Shmuck of the Week in part for deciding after being elected that he couldn't live on the office's $68,000 salary. Plenty of commenters seemed to agree with this designation. But one reader offered a defense of Gessler's honesty and warned against backlash repercussions.

Harvie writes:

Apparently Jonathan Shikes would like to limit candidates for SOS to those who would be delighted to earn 68,000/year?

Gessler did the right thing by announcing his intentions and checking with the AG.

I'd rather Gessler work full time for us but he doesn't deserve these snide comments.

Also, elections have been starved for money in CO and bad decisions are being made just to save money. The SOS should reserve its budget to pay for election oversight.

It is unbelievable how oversight of elections has slid in the past few cycles.

For more memorable takes, visit our Comment of the Day archive.

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