As Colorado freedom lovers set their sights on ousting another of the State’s gun-grabbing legislators, the State’s anti-gun governor is telling outside anti-gun groups like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns to stay away.
In September, State Senate President John Morse and State Senator Angela Giron were ousted in recall votes even though MAIG and Bloomberg poured $350,000 into their races. A new recall campaign is targeting another gun-grabbing State Senator, Evie Hudak of Denver. Petition organizers have until Dec. 3 to collect 18,900 signatures to get a recall vote on the ballot.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper puts the odds at 50-50 that enough signatures will be collected. But he admits he never thought the first recall petitions would gain enough signatures to call a recall vote. If Hudak is removed and replaced by a pro-gun candidate, the anti-gun Democrats will be outnumbered 18-17 in the Senate.
Money is the mother’s milk of politics, so keeping MAIG and like-minded anti-gun organizations with deep pockets out the race would seem counterproductive at first glance. But Hickenlooper notes that money and efforts by out-of-State gun-grabbing organizations was an issue in the last campaign. There was no backlash against the National Rifle Association’s involvement, however.
Coloradans “like to be themselves and solve their own problems. They don’t really like outside organizations meddling in their affairs, and maybe NRA gets a pass on that,” Hickenlooper told USA Today.
Or maybe Coloradans recognize which groups are interested in securing their rights and which are more interested in taking rights away.