Secretary of State repays Colo for RNC trip

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DENVER (AP) -- Colorado's Secretary of State is picking up the tab for a trip he took to the Republican National Convention that he originally billed to the taxpayers.

Scott Gessler had spent state money to travel to Tampa and speak at a panel on election law last year. He is a Republican and critics said he should not have used public funds for a partisan event. A watchdog group filed a complaint before the state's ethics commission.

Gessler sent a check for $1,278 to the state treasury Wednesday to cover the cost of the trip. A spokesman said Thursday that it became apparent Gessler wouldn't receive a fair hearing and he hoped to put the matter behind him.

Also on Thursday, Gessler filed paperwork to run for governor in 2014.