As Colorado's historic recall election draws near the stakes could not be higher. The new restrictive gun and ammo laws passed by a Democrat-controlled legislature and signed into law by a Democratic governor has so enraged many in the electorate that they demanded and received the privilege to mount a recall election -- the first in Colorado history -- in order to oust sitting legislators who spearheaded the new laws.
The president of the state senate, John Morse, is being challenged by Bernie Herpin, an aerospace engineer who is also a Navy and Air Force veteran. Herpin was assigned to work at NORAD in Colorado Springs. And State Sen. Angela Giron is being challenged by George Rivera, a 34-year veteran of law enforcement. Both were incensed by the sheer arrogance of Morse and Giron toward their constituents, as well as their extremist views toward gun rights.
The special recall election will take place next Tuesday. As the vote nears the deep emotional response of the voters has become palpable. They are determined to oust sitting legislators against overwhelming odds.
Outside money has poured into Colorado in support of the legislators who are the subjects of the recall. One of the more notorious financiers is New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose organization of mayors called "Mayors Against Illegal Guns," has sent over $300,000 to the anti-gun legislators who may well face the chopping block next Tuesday. Money has also poured in from a progressive financier in California.
The challengers to the sitting legislators are being outspent 8 to 1 according to a report in National Review.
However, political analysts who have studied the issues and the demographics in Colorado have concluded that this time, the money may well work against the sitting legislators. Coloradans are astute enough to know that money from outside the state is pouring into the coffers of the extremist anti-gun legislators, and they are not impressed. Many citizens have expressed outright disdain over the fact that progressives from outside of Colorado are attempting to influence internal issues that effect only Coloradans.
Thus, there is much momentum behind the challengers. And the outrage toward Sen. Morse and Sen. Giron is intense. Rivera stated,
It “goes across ethnicities and party lines” to all people who are “jealous of their rights. The conventional wisdom is that a recall wasn’t even possible. We’re defying all the odds. This is a Democratic area. I’ve had Democrats say to me that they wish they could have signed my petition but couldn’t because they aren’t registered Republicans.”
And Herpin quipped,
“I took an oath to defend our Constitution. When I saw our rights being stripped away by Senator Morse in Denver, I had to take action.”
If the two succeed in ousting the two sitting legislators, not only will the state senate be forced to select a new president to replace Morse, but the balance of power will shift significantly from its current Democratic dominance of 20 - 15 to a more equitable 18-17. It takes 18 votes to pass legislation, meaning that if only one Democrat defects, a proposed law will go down in defeat.
Many Coloradans, even Democrats, have expressed the desire to recapture the state's independent spirit that emphasizes personal freedom and gun rights. If this is truly their desire, then it would seem absolutely essential for the challengers to succeed in removing the perpetrators of government oppression from office.
(Hat tip to Mike Vanderboegh).
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