COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., November 27, 2013 — Coloradans have something else to be thankful for tomorrow: Senator Evie Hudak, under threat of recall, has today announced her resignation rather than become the third Democrat in the State Senate to be recalled over her gun control stand in the 2013 legislature.
Recall Hudak Too organizer Mike McAlpine said, “We have won big on this one. Despite all her statements about representing the people of Colorado, she knows that the average Colorado voter disagreed with her completely.”
“The convergence of big money, thuggish politics and tactics have failed,” he continued. “Even though Michel Bloomberg has won an additional four months for Democrats in the senate, we will win this seat in 2014.”
Under the Colorado recall law, once sufficient signatures are verified to allow a recall to go forward, the recalled official has five days to decide whether to fight the recall or to resign outright. Hudak jumped the gun by resigning even before the signatures were turned in. The recall committee had until next Monday, December 2, to turn in signatures. The signatures would then have had to be verified by the Secretary of State.
The number of signatures needed was far larger than either of the previous two recalls; her early resignation is a signal that the left knew recall organizers would be successful in forcing an election. Although an exact count of signatures is unknown, McAlpine said that when they stopped counting a week ago, they were on target to get enough.
Her resignation paves the way for a Democrat Party vacancy committee to nominate a replacement. That person will have to be formally appointed by Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper, and there is no doubt that he will sign off on whoever is nominated.
Rumor has it that Democrats will tap Arvada Mayor Pro-tem Enzinger. She would be a controversial choice: She is already under scrutiny for accepting consulting fees from Hudak in what some say is a conflict of interest situation. Who the Democrats select will speak volumes on whether the recalls have moderated their leftist, socialist agenda.
Democrats will maintain their one seat majority in the state senate for the January to early May legislative session. The senate would have flipped had a recall effort against Hudak succeeded. The interim Senate president, Lucia Guzman, is every bit the radical that John Morse was. She is fully on board with the gun control and pro-gay agenda passed by the Democrat-controlled legislature earlier this year.
Had the recall proceeded, Enzinger may have been on the ballot to replace Hudak along with Republican Lang Sias. In the previous two recalls, Democrats pinned all their hopes on the recalls failing and did not field a replacement candidate.
Neither John Morse nor Angela Giron resigned, fighting the recalls to the bitter end. Democrat special interest groups poured millions into efforts to prevent their recall.
Perhaps reading the handwriting on the wall, they threw in the towel early. The grassroots volunteers of the Recall Hudak Too committee will have a special Thanksgiving weekend and an early Christmas present.
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