Jon Keyser responds to ballot scandal by not responding to ballot scandal

Who is Keyser Söze?

That was the central question in the 1995 crime thriller “The Usual Suspects.”

Who is Keyser no-say?

That would be Jon Keyser, a candidate in the Republican primary who refuses to address a brewing scandal involving an explosive accusation of forged signatures— signatures his campaign turned into the Secretary of State in order to secure the former lawmaker a spot on the June primary ballot.

For about the past week, Denver7 TV reporter Marshal Zelinger of the local ABC affiliate has been dogging a story after a progressive group questioned potential fraud in the petition process Keyser’s campaign used to get on the ballot. Keyser needed 1,500 valid signatures from registered Republicans in each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts.

What Zelinger found: At least 10 people who say their names appear on Keyser petition forms who say they never signed a petition for Keyser.

The candidate didn’t respond to questions from Denver7 about the serious questions surrounding how he got on the ballot, and Zelinger hasn’t been shy in expressing his frustration about running up against the wall that is Campaign Keyser.

Things got worse for the one-time perceived front-runner in the crowded Republican primary when Keyser was asked a question about the signature scandal during a televised candidate forum today. Asked multiple times to address it, Keyser didn’t, instead repeating a line over and over about how he’s on the ballot, and about beating Democrat Michael Bennet.

National political observers are already taking note. In a headline, The Washington Post, called it a “Marco Rubio moment.”

If you think that video is awkward, then watch Zelinger catch an interview with Keyser during a break in that same forum, and listen to the candidate refer to Marshal Zelinger as “Mitchell” multiple times, accuse the reporter of “creeping around” the candidate’s house, waking up his kids, doing “the Democrats’ work,” and meeting his “huge,” “very protective” dog:

RAW VIDEO with Jon Keyser.FULL DISCLOSURE: What I have done to get information and answers about my forged signature investigation involves "door knocks." If you disagree, I understand. Here is my timeline:TUESDAY: I went to the home of Maureen, the signature collector in question, on Tuesday morning, before the story aired. I was told she no longer lives there. I contacted the Keyser campaign on Tuesday, hours before the story aired. I received no response. I even reached out to the state GOP for help. The chairman was aware of my attempts to reach the Keyser campaign.TUESDAY NIGHT: On Tuesday night between the 6p and 10p stories, I contacted the campaign again. No response.WEDNESDAY: I went to the home of the man who runs the company that hired the signature collector. I met his wife, she was lovely and said she would let him know I came by. I left him a voicemail. I received no response. On Wednesday, I went to the offices listed on the Federal Election Commission documents submitted by Keyser when he submitted his affidavit to become a candidate. One was a UPS Store, the other was a fundraising company. I then went to his home in the afternoon and rang the doorbell. I met his nanny and dog. I apologized to the nanny when she told me she was a nanny because I figured that meant I just woke up a child. Wednesday night, I contacted the campaign again and received no response.THURSDAY: This is what happened…

Posted by Marshall Zelinger 9News on Thursday, May 12, 2016


Earlier this week, 9News anchor Kyle Clark said “Calling Colorado’s Republican U.S. Senate primary a dumpster fire is an insult to burning dumpsters everywhere.”

Well, burn on.


  1. Whoosh! This campaign crashed and burned today thanks to candidate Keyser. It was smoldering before; now it’s in ashes. TX for the story.

  2. One has a choice of descriptions about an interaction. Keyser says a reporter was “creeping around” his house, Zellinger says he walked up and knocked on the door.

    I have met Marshall Zellinger and know a little about the usual “jamming” techniques for interviews that stress reporters need to be on public property or acting as a member of the public would.

    We don’t need another politician so fearful of people that he and his campaign do not respond to phone calls or emails, consider someone knocking on a door as “creeping around,” and apparently believe they need a 165 pound dog to defend his home.

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