COLORADO SPRINGS, May 5, 2013—Recalls in the southern Colorado cities of Colorado Springs and Pueblo heat up as the Democrat Party machine strikes back at recall efforts against senators John Morse (Colorado Springs) and Angela Giron (Pueblo).
Petition-signing efforts in both districts are going well and as the 60-day deadlines near, both seem likely to get the required number of signatures.
Morse forms a committee
John Morse, who had said publically that he couldn’t be recalled, now has an issue committee organizing on his behalf. The committee formally registered on March 21st—just one day after the infamous anti-gun bills were signed into law. This strongly suggests that Sen. Morse knew, as he should have known, that the bills he rushed through the senate were wildly unpopular.
The committee is called “A Whole Lot of People for John Morse,” and is being run by two Democrat Party operatives, one of whom is the party’s State Senate District 11 Chairman—the same district that Morse represents. In other words, a supposedly independent citizen committee is being run by a close political supporter of Morse.
How many is A Whole Lot of People? Six.
According to their current Secretary of State filings, the committee has raised $1,250 dollars from six people, the bulk of it ($750) from two lawyers.
What they have done with their money is create a robocall that went out to district voters claiming that the petition gatherers were paid gatherers who were likely to be criminals and sex-offenders. In order to draw this extraordinary conclusion, they cited a local news investigation from 2008 into a professional signature gathering company. They told residents to avoid signing petitions and giving out their “personal information.”
The only information required on Colorado petitions is the person’s signature, name and address so that the signature can be compared against the voter registration database.
The recall committee, the El Paso Freedom Defense Committee, is grassroots organized and non-partisan in nature. They have employed over 100 volunteer signature gatherers and have raised over $15,000. In addition to canvassing door-to-door, petitions are available at area gun shops and other stores. Volunteers were also at a Colorado Springs gun show this weekend.
Petition gatherers and citizens alike were offended by the robocalls. One woman interviewed by local news said the calls were dirty politics; a volunteer who went door-to-door with his wife and daughter was outraged that they were being called sex-offenders and criminals.
Giron runs ads
In Pueblo, efforts to recall Sen. Angela Giron continue. In a number echoed by Democrats across the state, Pueblo County the Clerk and Recorder Gilbert “Bo” Ortiz claimed that the recall election would cost Pueblo County about $250,000. The issue, however, is not cost.
Citizens feel that Sen. Giron has betrayed the trust of her constituents. This weekend they again converged on the Pueblo West Wal-Mart parking lot to sign petitions to recall her. According to organizers, about 60% of their signatures are from Democrats.
The drive is being organized by Pueblo Freedom and Rights, another grassroots effort organized by people new to political activism and not associated with any political party. So far they have raised $5000 for their effort from a number of donors.
Pueblo city and country are heavily Democratic; it is unlikely that a Republican would be a serious contender in a recall election. It is possible, however, for a pro-Second Amendment Democrat to challenge her.
Persistent rumors say that state Democrats have pledged $800,000 to support Giron in a recall, and $1,000,000 to support Sen. Evie Hudak. They will likely flood the airwaves with the kinds of messages that are being used to support Sen. Morse.
Radio ads are already being played in Pueblo in support of Giron.
In the 2010 election, committees supporting Morse ran ads against his Republican opponent Owen Hill claiming that Hill was against the military community. Hill is an Air Force Academy graduate. He narrowly lost in a three-way race and has since won a seat in a newly-created district.
The Pueblo Republican Party ran an ad in the Pueblo Chieftan claiming that Giron and Hudak wanted immediate implementation of House Bill 1303, widely known as the Election Fraud bill, which is racing through the legislature. When signed by Gov. Hickenlooper, Colorado will have same day voter registration with no ID required.
The party that got into power in 2008 by promising hope and change now seeks to maintain power at any cost through fear, fraud and intimidation.
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