COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 10, 2013 — One week after the Recall Morse committee made history by turning in enough signatures to recall senate president John Morse, Pueblo grassroots activists submitted a little more than 13,500 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office today to make Sen. Angela Giron the second legislator in Colorado history to face a successful recall petition drive in a week.
The Pueblo Freedom and Rights organization is unrelated to the Colorado Springs group that petitioned to recall Morse and is headed by brothers Victor and Adam Head.
Victor said that he started the recall effort after Giron completely ignored her constituents and voted for every gun control bill. Three of the four state representatives who collectively represent the same people as she does voted against them, Victor said. Two are Republicans, one a Democrat. According to Head, this is not a partisan issue — this is an issue of people’s rights and a representative who doesn’t listen to the people who elected her.
When the bills were brought up, Giron held two town hall meetings which she did not even attend in person. Video of one of the meetings shows a supporter holding a microphone to a cell phone as Angela calls in.
After refusing to take questions about the bills at those two meetings, Giron finally agreed to hold a third at the Rawlins Library in Pueblo. More than a thousand people showed up, all but a dozen opposed to the gun bills. People present say the room was at capacity, the library itself was at capacity and there were more people waiting outside—more than a thousand all told.
In local media, Giron said that she knew she was voting against the will of her constituents but, like John Morse in El Paso County, she decided to vote for the bills anyway.
Apparently she has been promised something for her vote.
The committee organized to support her has raised a little over $71,000. Almost all of it — 98 percent ― comes from the same three organizations that donated to Morse’s committee and in the same amounts: the Sixteen Thirty Fund, $35,000; Citizens for Integrity, $20,000; and Mainstream Colorado, $15,000. The committee is run by Ed Hall of Denver, the same Democrat party operative who is running A Whole Lot of People for Morse.
The recall committee, Pueblo Freedom and Rights, has raised a little over $10,000, almost all of it in small contributions under $20. Victor and Adam Head are members of the local plumbers union. Volunteers include members of carpenters and construction workers unions as well.
Under Colorado law, the number of signatures required must be greater than 25 percent of the total votes cast in the election that she won. In her case that number is 11,285. Normally, petition gatherers try to get a cushion of 30 to 35 percent to account for rejected signatures. In this case, organizers Victor and Adam Head went to great lengths to make sure potential signers were eligible. In addition, they did not use any paid signature gatherers—all of the signatures were gathered by trained volunteers at locations throughout the district.
As in the Morse recall, the Secretary of State’s office will have fifteen calendar days to verify the signatures after which the Giron camp will have another fifteen calendar days to challenge them. If the recalls are upheld, it is likely that elections will be held in late August or September.
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