COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., August 11, 2013 — According to Colorado law, each side in a recall election gets 300 words on the ballot to make its final argument to voters. The statements that will appear on the September 10 recall election ballots have been finalized.
The statements by Senators Morse and Giron show them trapped in their own narratives. They do not appear to understand why they are being recalled in the first place. Morse’s statement opens with a remarkable blast that repeats his main campaign talking points:
“Vote NO on the out-of-state billionaires and extremists who are wasting $150,000 of our tax money and spending millions on a negative campaign to recall your twice-elected senator, John Morse.”
He could use a copy editor. More importantly, he needs a fact-checker. There are no out-of-state billionaires who funded the recall effort; the only billionaire involved is Michael Bloomberg, whose gun control laws were brought to Colorado by the out-of-state Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Captive to his own narrative and the way the left operates, perhaps Morse is projecting onto the recall effort the kinds of things he does.
His defense committee raised twice the amount of money his recall opponents did — two-thirds of it from Denver and Washington political committees. That does not tell the whole story, however. Under campaign finance rules put in place by both parties since 2002, other committees sponsor radio and television ads, mailings and the like. The playing field is heavily tilted in favor of elected politicians and majority political parties against grassroots activists and small parties.
This is the situation set up by those who claim to be for democracy.
The second part of the sentence is equally telling: Morse is saying that spending money on a special election is a waste of taxpayer dollars. Perhaps he is thinking of the difficulty of actually recalling him, but more likely this is an appeal to the fiscally-conscious taxpayer. Is it worth $150,000 to recall a politician who is not listening to his constituents?
Over 16,000 registered voters thought so. El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams said of the election costs that voting is “a fundamental right and it [the recall election] costs whatever it costs.”
The third part of the sentence continues the lie that millions of dollars were spend recalling him. At this point in the sentence he uses the adjective “negative” to describe the campaign. Again, all the negativity was on the Morse side. Telling people of his district that he “has failed to represent the interests of his constituents” — according to the pro-recall language on the ballot — is about as negative as it got.
The recall effort really began to take off, according to organizers, when the pro-Morse committee “A Whole Lotta People for Morse” sent robo-calls throughout the district suggesting petition gatherers were felons and sex offenders.
The second sentence is equally telling:
“They are doing this because John responsibly voted to require criminal background checks for gun purchases.”
He believes it was responsible to require criminal background checks for gun purchases; his constituents did not. They told him so and it was his arrogant reply to an email that got organizer Rob Harris off the couch and onto the streets. Notice the scope of his vote: He wanted to require a criminal background check, more stringent than the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and national background checks already in place for all gun puchases.
He also tells the reader that a vote to retain him is to “Vote NO on felons and spouse abusers buying guns.”
Again, that was not the issue in any of the gun control bills passed this year. Felons and spouse abusers are already prohibited from buying guns under existing law. The focus of the current bills was to deny the right to buy, own and transfer firearms to law-abiding citizens.
Why should citizens retain Morse? He says that it is because “his priorities are public safety, creating new jobs, strengthening our economy, and helping our veterans who have defended our freedom.”
It sounds like a list of what a politician thinks people want to hear. If in fact he had done that, he would not be facing recall now.
He has not done any of those things. The priorities of this year’s legislative session have been same-sex civil unions, gun control, sex education for kindergarteners, tax increases, and finally an election law that totally changes the way elections are held in Colorado. No new jobs; millions wasted on solar boondoggles. Coal, oil and gas industries have been chased out of Colorado along with firearms manufacturers and related jobs. Unemployment remains above the national average.
His statement shows that Morse has learned nothing from the firestorm he created this year. He remains resolute in saying that he did the right things, that he knows better than his constituents what is good for them.
If we can still have any faith in the elections process after the rewriting of Colorado election law, we will soon find out what his constituents think.
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