I expected controversy from the dynamic duo Gant and Powers in the SOS office to happen a lot sooner then this (of course we certainly don’t know what they have done so far);
Secretary of State Jason Gant attempted Tuesday to bypass the state board of elections â€” which has rule-making authority under state law â€” in approving new forms and introducing legislation.
And while an apology may be more appropriate we get this statement;
During his eight-year term, former Secretary of State Chris Nelson brought forth his proposed legislation to the board for its approval. But, he said, the secretary of state has final authority regarding whether to take it to the Legislature.
â€œI utilized the expertise of the board, in large part, to improve legislation that I was thinking about putting forth to the Legislature,â€ Nelson said.
Viken, who has been on the board since 1999, reminded Gant how legislative issues were handled by previous people in the office.
â€œI don’t care about the past,â€ Gant said.
Well you best start caring. You are the SOS of state, not chief rule maker.