Gessler backtracks, won't take side job

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's Secretary of State says he's changed his mind and won't take a side job with his old law firm.

Republican Scott Gessler backtracked on his plans to work part-time for the firm known for litigating elections cases. Gessler said after taking office last month after that he'd continue working about 20 hours a month for Hackstaff Law Group because he said he couldn't get by on his $68,500 salary.

Gessler's side job was widely criticized as a potential conflict of interest because Gessler oversees elections. Gessler insisted he wouldn't handle matters that could come before him as a state official.

Gessler asked for a ruling on the question by Republican Attorney General John Suthers. Gessler hasn't said what Suthers' advice was, but announced Tuesday he's backing off the plan.

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