Colorado Democrat resigns just before recall petition deadline

posted at 7:01 pm on November 27, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Just after the successful Colorado recall effort earlier this fall, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz auspiciously reminded voters that “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.” An excellent point, which is precisely why Coloradans almost immediately began mounting a second campaign aimed at altering that very reality by recalling state Sen. Evie Hudah, another gun-control supporter. Her successful recall and replacement with a more gun-friendly representative would indeed shift the balance of power in the state senate — and with a mere week to go until the recall petition deadline, she’s taken herself out of the game of her own accord. CNN reports:

A Democratic, pro-gun control state senator who faced a potential recall in Colorado abruptly resigned Wednesday, less than a week before the recall petition was due.

Sen. Evie Hudak’s surprise resignation means a Democratic committee can appoint a new state senator in her place. Had she stayed in office and possibly faced a recall election, she would have gone up against a Republican, thus risking the Democrats’ slim one-seat majority in the state Senate.

“In the interest of preserving the progress made over the last year, I am resigning as State Senator for District 19,” she said in a letter to the secretary of the Senate. …

“By resigning, I am protecting these important new laws for the good of Colorado and ensuring that we can continue looking forward,” Hudak said in the letter.

I wouldn’t quite call it a victory for gun-rights supporters in Colorado, though. On the one hand, this person…

…is no longer a state officeholder, but on the other, it looked like Hudak resigned because it looked an awful lot like she would have lost; her resignation will allow state Democrats to fill the seat with someone less controversial and maintain their legislative balance, probably taking the repeal of the state’s new gun laws off the table for now.

“This is not a victory,” said Dave Palm, a registered Democrat and a small business owner who helped organize the grassroots campaign to collect signatures. “It’s not a victory for the voters. It’s not a victory for us.” …

He speculated the state’s Democratic Party pressured her to resign, out of fear of possibly losing the majority in the Senate. Of the 35 seats, Democrats have a narrow 18-17 advantage over Republicans.


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Shenanigans like that will come back to bite them.

txhsmom on November 27, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Imagine the howls if the Republicans pulled a stunt like this.

myiq2xu on November 27, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Democrat resigns just before recall petition deadline

…I just had a dream!…and it could be…a wet one!

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

KOOLAID2 on November 27, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Savvy political move by the fascists, protect the seat by forcing one of their own to bite down on a metaphorical cyanide capsule. What do you bet Hudak gets a cushy “lobbyist” job somewhere to make up for it.

Bishop on November 27, 2013 at 7:07 PM

I’m sorry, with enough holiday cheer, I gotta ask…

Isn’t Evie, Evan in drag?

SteveInRTP on November 27, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Progressives will now stop talking about ‘Sarah the Quitter’, of course.

PersonFromPorlock on November 27, 2013 at 7:15 PM

I thought Devine died last year.

NoPain on November 27, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Wants to spend more time with the family.

TimBuk3 on November 27, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Figures the Rats would take the weasels’ way out.

Steve Eggleston on November 27, 2013 at 7:18 PM

…I just had a dream!…and it could be…a wet one!

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
KOOLAID2 on November 27, 2013 at 7:06 PM

ewwww..id go wash out my mouth with soap if i’d have said that…..

going2mars on November 27, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Hold power at all costs!

LeftCoastRight on November 27, 2013 at 7:23 PM

They should start a recall with the replacement just for sheets and giggles.

Borgcube on November 27, 2013 at 7:23 PM

DNC:”Resign and we’ll give you a nice comfy job with a lobbying firm or think tank.”

State Senator Hudak: “Okay.”

portlandon on November 27, 2013 at 7:23 PM

As hard as they tried, they couldn’t figure out a way to get her a paid leave of absence.

Dongemaharu on November 27, 2013 at 7:24 PM

I suppose she got an offer for a lucrative job that she couldn’t turn down. I am betting she turns up as a lobbyist for a progressive cause.

notalemon on November 27, 2013 at 7:26 PM

True it is not a complete victory for the people of Colorado, however it is still a win for them.

I am a little unsure of Colorado recall laws but it is my understanding is that her replacement has to face re-election in 2014 instead of 2016 when Hudak’s term was supposed to end. The trigger may be the number of signatures the recall people gather but assuming they have enough and that is a requirement they just pushed a D seat to an election in 2014…

Which is what every Democrat wanted to have happen because of the expected gains the Democrats are expected to make next year.

/S

The Democrats in CO may have won this battle but they are starting to realize they are not winning the war.

F15Mech on November 27, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Portlandon
Great comment there, wish I would have seen it before the post.

notalemon on November 27, 2013 at 7:28 PM

I posted a similar thought in AP’s green room post, but what does Colorado law say about recalling appointees?

My argument, which probably has very little legal basis, is that resigning and replacing with a political appointee with a similar agenda is a cynical attempt by elected officials to thwart the voters of that district.

If a recall petition was for specific reasons, then perhaps the appointee can be recalled for those reasons too.

Maybe it’s like Wisconsin, a person has to be in office for at least a year, before they can be recalled.

Also, she was term limited, so she wasn’t going to be running for reelection, the best bet is probably for the person who narrowly lost to her to run again. That delays the impact of a recall by about a year … which makes the recall question legitimate.

In any case, the lower house would still be controlled by Democrats, so it’s not like this would change the chances of repealing some of the gun law legislation. That won’t happen until both houses change majority and a Republican governor is in place. Colorado is a long way (both in time and candidates) from that point.

Grinch on November 27, 2013 at 7:28 PM

This is somewhat out of the Robert Torricelli of New Jersey playbook, drop out to remove the distraction then plead the case with the voters..

She fell on the sword if you will and hope it bites them hard

theblacksheepwasright on November 27, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Please don’t ever post that pic again.

It’s disturbing.

wolly4321 on November 27, 2013 at 7:31 PM

That’s a man, baby!

Ben Hur on November 27, 2013 at 7:32 PM

And now we challenge their appointment, and/or take up repeal of the unconstitutional weapons/magazine bans in Colorado.

They should start a recall with the replacement just for sheets and giggles.

Borgcube on November 27, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Don’t think we won’t. The recall hudak drive was incredibly successful. This isn’t about her, or her replacement, it’s about leftist democrats sh*tting on the Constitution. …Should probably start a recall effort for all democrats, including hickenscumbag… hmmm…

a5minmajor on November 27, 2013 at 7:33 PM

What do you bet Hudak gets a cushy “lobbyist” job somewhere to make up for it.

Bishop on November 27, 2013 at 7:07 PM

She’s been living off the Colorado Education Association for years. She’ll surface somewhere causing trouble for Colorado.

jya lai on November 27, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Switching horses:

HHS swapping Verizon with Hewlett-Packard for Healthcare.gov

http://tinyurl.com/lmx73vx

davidk on November 27, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Dodd, yes, the crook who s/b in prison, is now in charge of the movie/actor association, or some such crap he has zero experience for.

Always call the rats leftards, leftists, leftoids, but Never, Never, Never liberal or progressive. They just stole the two terms.

They are always charlatanic fraudulent thugs.

However, Rs, learn how to stand for something and burn them silky gloves. YOU will never win against these thugs if you don’t fight them better than the Mafia does.

Destroying them is the only way to win.

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2013 at 7:36 PM

… what does Colorado law say about recalling appointees?

It is my understanding…(and I don’t live in CO) is that they can’t be recalled until they serve at least 6 months. However where I get fuzzy is if an appointee gets to serve the entire remaining term (2016 in case of Hudak) or has to run in 2014 in the next election.

F15Mech on November 27, 2013 at 7:37 PM

sorry KA2 ..your a brother and all…fellow michigander…but
that collection of words should never be in the same thought…

we dont need to do an intervention…do we..??..

felling ok??..

going2mars on November 27, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Gun rights in grizzly, black bear, elk country.

Urban votes need to be diffused, somehow.

Same problem with all heavily populated urban centers ruling over the burbs.

5% land mass is controlling the rest of the state.

wolly4321 on November 27, 2013 at 7:39 PM

poor dear stepped on hickenlooper

newrouter on November 27, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Making it harder for good law abiding people to get guns…

sounds smart to me. /

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 27, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Funny thing, the gun controllers keep telling us that 90% of the people want more gun control, yet they keep losing.

RJL on November 27, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Switching horses:

HHS swapping Verizon with Hewlett-Packard for Healthcare.gov

http://tinyurl.com/lmx73vx

davidk on November 27, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Please don’t read anything into this. Switching from a Verizon to HP datacenter is not a big deal. As a Federal contractor I have been in data-centers run by both (and other companies) and actually have preformed data migrations from one to another.

Heck I probably did the similar data migration into the HP datacenter a couple of years ago.

F15Mech on November 27, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Watch the video of the rape victim . It is chilling yet very telling. The Hudeks and their know it all attitudes making choices for other people are just plain wrong–and dangerous.

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 27, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Take note republicans, although dispicable, this is how you play politics in the times of the progressives.

Some may say don’t play the game. Don’t stoop to their level but in these times we are fighting for the life of our republic. Playing nice and above board ain’t going to save our country. Saying I played nice and by the rules is a losing proposition with these very evil people that will do anything to gain power and control.

jukin3 on November 27, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Evie Hudak. Gutless quitter…

JohnGalt23 on November 27, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Just as a final slap, after Hudah is gone…. I mean absolutely, verifiably, no-turning-back gone, the recall petitioners should announce that they came up short on the signature gathering.

Just to watch the gun grabbers slam their heads against the wall.

kurtzz3 on November 27, 2013 at 7:51 PM

I thought Devine died last year.

NoPain on November 27, 2013 at 7:16 PM

HA!

workingclass artist on November 27, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Sounds like something the Dems did in New Jersey a few years back when their canidate for Senate was going to crash and burn so they drafted Lautenberg to return at the last minute and the state’s supreme court said it was okay despite election laws clearly saying it was not.

Only thing the Coloradans can do is unelect all the Dems next cycle. Every. Single. One.

joated on November 27, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Gun rights in grizzly, black bear, elk country.

Urban votes need to be diffused, somehow.

Same problem with all heavily populated urban centers ruling over the burbs.

5% land mass is controlling the rest of the state.

wolly4321 on November 27, 2013 at 7:39 PM

That’s the thing, I’d rather be unarmed in heavy bear country than in liberal cities.

Bishop on November 27, 2013 at 7:58 PM

her resignation will allow state Democrats to fill the seat with someone less controversial and maintain their legislative balance, probably taking the repeal of the state’s new gun laws off the table for now.

In other words, damage control for every other stinking filthy Democrat who voted for anti-Constitutional gun-grabbing legislation when they thought it was politically advantageous.

Happy Nomad on November 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Shenanigans like that will come back to bite them.

txhsmom on November 27, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Sadly it wont. Just like in NJ when they illegally removed senator Torrecelli from the ballot after it was shown he’d lose. They replaced him with that cadaver Lautenberg that served till dying in office this year.

The people should demand the right to choose their own candusate, but they won’t.

njrob on November 27, 2013 at 8:01 PM

I’d rather be unarmed in heavy bear country than in liberal cities.

Bishop on November 27, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Well yeah! When you come across a bear, you know the score. Not so much when riding the Metro or walking around Capitol Hill. I never even considered owning a gun until I moved to post-Katrina New Orleans.

Happy Nomad on November 27, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Now go after any of the others and turn them on votes over the rest of the term this appointment covers.

The other 17 D’s see the storm coming.

Push them make them choose.

One or two may flip total and join the sane.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 27, 2013 at 8:03 PM

i hope this ends up in court. a grossly blatant attempt to blunt the will of the voters. a court should invalidate the resignation and force the election.

chasdal on November 27, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Wants to spend more time with the family.

TimBuk3 on November 27, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Yeah, the Manson family.

Oldnuke on November 27, 2013 at 8:05 PM

I thought Devine died last year.

NoPain on November 27, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Oh please! Hudak is so ugly you wouldn’t even think they were sisters.

Happy Nomad on November 27, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Democrats are the scum of the earth.

justltl on November 27, 2013 at 8:11 PM

No, that just doesn’t say it adequately. Maybe this:

If there were such a place as a Scum World, Democrats would be the scum of that world.

justltl on November 27, 2013 at 8:13 PM

will be interesting to see how long the ability of the citizens of CO to recall elected official last. MI had the ability in the 80′s and did so, but soon after the ability was watered down to make it almost useless.

RonK on November 27, 2013 at 8:51 PM

All this does is open the door for another liberal to sneak in. Once in they will of course turn tail and support what this lady supported, and then say that the stuff they said to get elected was “taken out of context”.

watertown on November 27, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Start some petitions
Seventeen more petitions…
And recall them all!

Haiku Guy on November 27, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Solution is a little like scorched earth, but if the Demonrats want to play this game … 2nd Amendment supporters should Go Big.

Begin recall petitions against every single Democrat who voted against the constitution…they can’t all quit. Make the state Dimwit party defend recall campaigns in every district.

Jaibones on November 27, 2013 at 9:36 PM

If she had wanted to go full sleaze she could have called O’Barky to arrange a Recall Summit then maybe PBS could create a set-aside job doing genealogy like they did for that sleazeball Harvard race-baiting (blame the Cambridge cops) pimp perfesser?

viking01 on November 27, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Repubs need to learn that you don’t fight brass knuckled thugs, wearing boxing gloves. Not if you want to win.

tngmv on November 27, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Just because they can probably get away with this legally doesn’t mean they won’t pay a price politically. Republicans should talk constantly about just how low a move this is from the gun control nuts to try to keep power by replacing state senators before they can be recalled.

Make them pay for it. Make them defend it. Make the governor squirm over his choice of appointee. Demand he appoint someone with a strong gun rights record. Ask him if he thinks he can justify replacing a Democratic state senator with an appointee just so the Democrats can keep the majority.

Ultimately, this is more than a legal issue. It’s a political one. This kind of high-handed behavior tends to backfire.

There Goes the Neighborhood on November 27, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Immediately recall her replacement and add 3-4 more to the recall list.

NickelAndDime on November 27, 2013 at 11:05 PM

we dont need to do an intervention…do we..??..

felling ok??..

going2mars on November 27, 2013 at 7:38 PM

…are there ANY attractive women…that are Democrats?…I’m not talking the occasional freak once in a while, who thinks she should be… because it keeps them out of the mental ward…I mean…are there ANY good looking women elected…on the left?
…it’s no wonder they always worry about contraception!

KOOLAID2 on November 27, 2013 at 11:56 PM

I got a fundraiser email from crybaby Boehner today I wrote back “No money till you grow a spine, and I’m voting for whoever opposes Alexander in the primary” I mean that.

Mini-14 on November 28, 2013 at 12:04 AM

I wouldn’t quite call it a victory for gun-rights supporters in Colorado, though.

You wouldn’t? Really? Do you live here? No? That’s what I thought. It IS a victory as it sends a message – mess with our gun laws and we will send you packing, just like we did two other state senators, one that represented my district in Colorado Springs and another that represented Pueblo. It also sends a message to her replacement, regardless of whether or not he or she is a liberal.

RMCS_USN on November 28, 2013 at 1:43 AM

They better recall whoever the idiot democrats replace her with.

TX-96 on November 28, 2013 at 6:15 AM

Repubs need to learn that you don’t fight brass knuckled thugs, wearing boxing gloves. Not if you want to win.

tngmv on November 27, 2013 at 10:29 PM

They know how, the constituents won’t allow it…we eat our own before trying to finish off the dems.

right2bright on November 28, 2013 at 8:07 AM

There you go CO voters, it doesn’t matter who you elect when the dems can tell your elected leaders to quit for the good of the party instead of the people deciding, your state is lost.

Kissmygrits on November 28, 2013 at 8:32 AM

That’s the thing, I’d rather be unarmed in heavy bear country than in liberal cities.

Bishop on November 27, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Now, if we could just get “heavy bear country” to overlap the “liberal cities” bit, we might be onto something………

GWB on November 28, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Now, if we could get the fool in the WhiteHouse to resign we would really be in good shape.

Ta111 on November 28, 2013 at 9:13 AM

schwarzenegger 80s ‘total recall’. he had to don a full body disguise to pass thru a check point…thats her. waiting for her final scene….

t8stlikchkn on November 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Team player

BobMbx on November 28, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Of course they pressured her to resign. This is the same party that flees states to prevent duly elected majorities from conducting business, so it’s no wonder they’d also want to prevent voters to correct the mistake they made in electing these jokers.

changer1701 on November 28, 2013 at 9:58 AM

KOOLAID2 on November 27, 2013 at 11:56 PM

It appears fugliness is a prerequisite for liberal Democratic women.

bw222 on November 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Another day, another instance of Democrats working to thwart the will of voters, doing whatever it takes to forward the agenda.

I wonder; is the recall about a PERSON, or about an OFFICE/SEAT? The recall is not just about the person but also the actions/policies…

Midas on November 28, 2013 at 11:13 AM

When in the Arena of hearing the Voters..demorat’s CHEAT at all cost to block, ignore and otherwise silence them!

Tbone McGraw on November 28, 2013 at 11:17 AM

You wouldn’t? Really? Do you live here? No? That’s what I thought. It IS a victory as it sends a message – mess with our gun laws and we will send you packing, just like we did two other state senators, one that represented my district in Colorado Springs and another that represented Pueblo. It also sends a message to her replacement, regardless of whether or not he or she is a liberal.
RMCS_USN on November 28, 2013 at 1:43 AM

The message I’m seeing is “f*ck you, CO; it’s more important that we Democrats get what we want, what you rabble citizens want doesn’t matter at all. Kindly sit down and shut the f*ck up. “. Accompanied by a large middle finger of course.

Midas on November 28, 2013 at 11:19 AM

The solution is obvious. Perhaps he next time, have the people sign several petitions, with petitions two and three with a blank area to fill in the name; that way, the cycle becomes too short for the Democrats to respond properly.

unclesmrgol on November 28, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Hopefully we can fill that seat eventually with a conservative. Gun control is only one issue that Coloradians are fighting, but it was the last straw. Hickenlooper is down in the polls. We can only hope that the Dems might just stay home on voting day.

lea on November 28, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Regardless of the rules around this, it is a great PR victory for the recall effort. They need to make sure now that nobody in Colorado has any doubt over why she resigned. She and her party lost the support of the people.

People want clarity and this resignation is a 100 foot-high bill-board highlighting the bankruptcy of liberal ideas on gun-control and low-integrity in government.

And the recall campaign should be taken to the next hopeless democrat (or RINO enabler) on the roster.

virgo on November 28, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Resigns because they would rather manipulate the seat than let voters have their say. How undemocratic.

HotAirian on November 28, 2013 at 12:19 PM

No one seems to have asked this question; can the replacement be recalled? I don’t see why not. I am sure the momentum is still there to take action. Get the lawyers on the phone!

bartbeast on November 28, 2013 at 1:27 PM

They should start a recall with the replacement just for sheets and giggles.

Borgcube on November 27, 2013 at 7:23 PM

AND sue.

dogsoldier on November 28, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Just a replay of Toricelli in NJ.

Another Drew on November 28, 2013 at 7:37 PM

I’m sure the Democrats will come up with a power-sharing arrangement with the Republicans!!! NOT

This is proof the Democrats are more concerned with their power than good policy. I have a feeling 2014 is going to be exciting in Colorado.

bflat879 on November 28, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Maybe we now go after recalling Hickenlooper. He will resign and we get a lame duck Democrat that can’t do much more damage until the elections.

bartbeast on November 29, 2013 at 10:58 AM

“In the interest of preserving the progress made over the last year, I am resigning as State Senator for District 19,” she said in a letter to the secretary of the Senate.

Translation…in the interest of not having to suffer a humiliation recall defeat, I’ve decided to fore-go the blood bath and spend more time with my family.

cajunpatriot on November 29, 2013 at 6:40 PM