Colorado gun-rights advocates going in for recall, round two
posted at 8:01 pm on October 9, 2013 by Erika Johnsen
Barely a month ago, some Second-Amendment supportin’ Coloradoans successfully mounted a grassroots campaign to recall two state senators that helped to pass Colorado’s new rash of gun-control laws earlier this year — and the Left did not take it well. They haphazardly threw around wild and outraged excuses like “voter suppression” and big-money spending by the likes of the pernicious Koch brothers and the NRA (never mind that progressive groups outspent pro-gun groups by a whopping 7-to-1 margin), and as DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz so helpfully reminded us, the entire exercise was basically useless anyway, since “ultimately, the NRA did not get what it wanted. The recall results will do nothing to change the Democratic control of the Colorado House, Senate and Governor’s office. And the commonsense gun laws that were passed by popular vote in Colorado will remain intact.”
It sounds like a new group of Colorado recallers are taking that piece of probably unintentional advice to heart in another district, via Fox News:
Gun-rights advocates in Colorado have started gathering signatures in support of another recall effort against a Democratic state senator following two successful recalls of lawmakers over votes in support of gun control laws.
Recall organizers received certification Friday from the Colorado Secretary of State’s office to gather signatures in the effort to recall Sen. Evie Hudak, a Democrat from Westminster, Colo., who backed the controversial gun measures, the Denver Post reported.
“She has infringed upon our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. She has voted to make all citizens less safe and to drive hundreds of jobs from Colorado,” Mike McAlpine, a spokesman for the group behind the recall effort, said in a statement emailed to the Denver Post.
In May, a different group suspended a separate recall effort targeting Hudak after they were unable to collect enough signatures. The group must gather 18,900 valid signatures within a 60-day time frame to force the recall question onto the ballot, the newspaper reported.
Hey, why not? Everybody and anybody insisted that the odds were against them in September’s recall, and its success certainly helped to scoot the issue onto the broader national stage — and as WaPo adds, the district looks like it’s ripe for the taking:
And Hudak’s district is more conservative than either Morse’s or Giron’s. Hudak’s suburban Denver district gave President Obama 52 percent of the vote in 2012, according to a breakdown compiled by the liberal Daily Kos blog. Obama scored nearly 60 percent of the vote in the other two seats. Hudak won reelection over Republican Lang Sias by fewer than 600 votes of 80,000 cast in 2012, while a Libertarian Party candidate took more than 5,000 votes.
And this time, the control of the entire legislative chamber does hang in the balance.