A tale of two campaigns: How the left operates

The Morse and Giron recalls provide insight into the workings of the Democrat machine Photo: Christopher Shallow (c) poses amid Giron supporters

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 23, 2013 — When Senators John Morse and Angela Giron faced recall petition drives in April and May, they fell back on the resources of the Democrat machine, not their own. Who supports them and how sheds light on how the extreme left has taken over the Democratic Party.

In January, liberal New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIC) moved into Colorado, determined to pass gun control measures in a state controlled by Democrats. Mark Glaze, director of MAIC, said that if these bills could be passed in Colorado, they could be passed anywhere.


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Not anywhere: just in a state run by Democrats who are willing to advance The Agenda regardless of what their constituents may want.

They used a local resource, former state representative Mike Merrifield, to head the in-state operation. Just like the presidential campaigns of both parties, they came into the state with pre-formulated plans and just hired locals to help carry them out.

On the same day that Governor Hickenlooper signed three gun control bills into law, March 21, an issue committee named “A Whole Lot of People for John Morse” was formed. One of its two registered agents is Ed Hall, an official with the Denver Democratic Party. The other is Lionel Washington, another Democratic Party official. Washington is the chairman of the Senate District 11 committee — Sen. Morse’s district committee.

An issue committee is supposed to be independent of any candidate. If Morse were to resign, Washington would lead the vacancy committee to recommend a replacement. That replacement is widely rumored to be Mike Merrifield.


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The committee has raised $120,000 so far, $75,000 of which comes from three liberal organizations: the Sixteen Thirty Fund (Washington), Citizens for Integrity (Denver), and Mainstream Colorado (Denver).

Much of the rest of Morse’s money has come from all around the country. The Obama campaign organization turned “non-partisan” lobby group, OFA, has sent out a fundraising email asking for contributions for Morse.

In Pueblo, the story of the Giron campaign is very similar. The paperwork for the issue committee that was formed to defend her, “Pueblo United for Angela,” was filed by the very same Ed Hall. The three organizations that donated $75,000 to Morse donated the same amounts to Giron. The Giron committee’s second agent is local Pueblo activist John W. Singleterry.

Pueblo United for Angela was formed on April 15. The committee hasn’t raised any small donations as of the latest filing date. Nevertheless, Angela is receiving direct help from Chicago.


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Managing Pueblo United for Angela is Chicagoan Christopher Shallow. Prior to coming to Colorado to help out Giron, Shallow was a field organizer for OFA. On the last weekend of the recall signature-gathering, Shallow could be seen organizing the “don’t sign” volunteers, operating from a large motor home.

The volunteers were not exactly working for free. In a video released on June 14, a Pueblo man identified as Gerald Rosenblatt was seen handing out $20 bills to women holding signs. Under Colorado law, any campaign donation of $20 or more must be reported. It is too early to tell if these donations will be reported.

Paid or not, both campaigns used similar tactics. Activists urged people not to sign petitions. In Colorado Springs, they used a robo-call to warn voters that signature-gatherers could be felons. In Pueblo, they arrived by the vanload to spread out over neighborhoods ahead of signature-gatherers. They also attempted to physically block signs and signature locations until warned by police. Angela Giron herself was among those warned.

In short, both Morse and Giron are being supported both financially and organizationally by the Democratic Party machine in Denver, Chicago and Washington. Almost no support comes from their senatorial districts, except for the foot soldiers. The consiglieri are all out of state.

These two are being rewarded for their loyalty to the gun control agenda.

If you’re a Democrat voter and you think they represent you — think again. Many others have, and have signed the recall petitions.

READ MORE from Al Maurer at Red Pill, Blue Pill


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