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Colorado Efforts to Recall Anti-gun Democrats. One Bright Spot.

May 29, 2013

By Michael Brown

During the past legislative session many callers emotionally pushed for recall efforts against certain anti-gun Colorado Democrats. I understood their frustration and enthusiasm, but steadfastly cautioned them about the perils of recall efforts.

First and foremost I told them would be the influx of out-of-state money from the likes of Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns and other radical left-wing, progressive organizations determined to stop recall efforts. I also cautioned them that failure to recall legislators would embolden them and leave them feeling invincible, making them believe they could push their progressive agenda even further.

All of that is history and the recall efforts, save one, have folded, turning their volunteers, energy, money and effort into a single recall effort against State Senator John Morse.


Focus your energy, focus your resources and go after an easy target. Easy, even though all the obstacles I mentioned above have become clear in the Morse recall effort.

Bloomberg is sending in money – and boots on the ground.

But one bright effort in the Morse recall effort is an organization highlighted by Colorado Peak Politics.

Peak reports:

I Am Created Equal, the conservative women’s group based in Colorado Springs, has launched a new radio ad blistering Senate President John Morse for his record on gun control, ethics trouble with abusing per diem pay and his close ties to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

See the original post here.


Morse Recall Effort Rife with Wild Rumors

Is NRA behind local recall? Will Morse be forced to resign? Is former Rep. Mike Merrifield plotting an early comeback? Will Peyton Manning lead the Broncos to the Superbowl?

A recall effort in Senate District 11 in Colorado Springs has become less of a discussion on Democratic incumbent John Morse and more of a conversation on the power of the National Rifle Association and political strategizing.

What started as frustration with the Senate president’s support of controversial firearms control measures has turned into a chess match in which Morse’s supporters and opponents are gunning for the best campaign strategy.

On one side of the fence is the El Paso Freedom Defense Committee, an issue committee established to oust Morse. On the other side is A Whole Lot of People For John Morse, the issue committee created to protect Morse’s seat.

Recall supporters must collect 7,178 signatures, or 25 percent of the 2010 vote in the district, by June 3. If that happens, then Gov. John Hickenlooper would be required to put the issue on the ballot during a 30-day timeframe that kicks off 45 days after signatures are verified.

Signature gatherers would not disclose how many signatures they have collected, but they are confident that they are on track to force a recall election. Conservative Colorado Springs group I Am Created Equal — run by Republican campaign operative Laura Carno — donated $14,294 to El Paso Freedom Defense Committee to pay Kennedy Enterprises for petition gathering.

Assuming the signatures are sufficient, the election itself would be two-part. First it would include a “yes” or “no” question on whether to recall Morse. Then it would contain a list of candidates to replace the Senate president.

Republicans have been tightlipped about who they are considering for the job, but multiple sources have acknowledged that the party has its eye on El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark and former Rep. Mark Barker.

Clark told The Colorado Statesman that she is adamant that she does not want the job at this time.

“I’m focused on my constituents and my work as a county commissioner,” she said of the suggestion, while acknowledging that it is something she had been considering after word spread that she was a potential candidate.

Barker did not return multiple requests for comment left by The Statesman to his personal phone number.

“Both are really good people with terrific track records of public service,” commented Ryan Call, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party. “It will be up to them and up to the folks in El Paso County to decide who is the best candidate in the event that a recall election actually occurs.”

Read the rest here.




When the recall effort is successful, Colorado Senate President John Morse will resign and this guy will be appointed. Hint: He’s Bloomberg’s guy.


Supporting the Recall of Senator John Morse

I’m proud to support the effort to recall Senator John Morse. To be clear, I have two groups, I Am Created Equal, and IACE Action. It is IACE Action that is currently helping the recall committee.

And to be especially clear, all of my funding has come from Colorado.

Sen. John Morse recall effort attracts money on both sides

By Kurtis Lee
The Denver Post

Colorado Senator John Morse (image: Denver Post)

An influx of out-of-state and local cash from private donors has flowed into the recall effort of Colorado Senate President John Morse, as petitioners race to gather enough signatures ahead of a June 3 deadline.

And if the notion that money wins elections can be applied to a recall effort, then, for now, Morse resides in a good position with a substantial amount of national money having poured in on his behalf.

Morse and a handful of House and Senate Democrats are faced with recall drives fueled by a debate on firearms after Democrats passed new gun-control laws this year that ban ammunition magazines of more than 15 rounds and require universal background checks on all gun sales.

Finance reports filed with the secretary of state’s office show that one group, A Whole Lot of People for John Morse, has received about $25,500 in financial contributions. Most of that money — about $20,000 — has come from the national liberal firm, America Votes, a nonprofit organization that coordinates issue advocacy and election campaigns.

“We have a lot of local people working to keep Sen. Morse in office despite this insane and ridiculous recall effort,” said Christy Le Lait, campaign manager of A Whole Lot of People for John Morse.

In contrast to Le Lait’s group, the El Paso County Freedom Defense Fund — a group seeking a recall of Morse — has raised about $16,400. About $14,000 came from the local group I Am Created Equal.

Le Lait, who noted her group has received cash from more than a dozen donors, declined to speak specifically about how the national money is being used in staving off a recall, though she did say that more than 40 people are working in support of Morse.

For Morse, just 7,178 valid signatures must be submitted in his Senate District 11 to spark a recall.

Other Democrats facing recalls include Sens. Evie Hudak of Westminster and Angela Giron of Pueblo and Rep. Mike McLachlan of Durango.

The money raised in each of those other three recall efforts has not topped more than $10,000.

Of all the lawmakers faced with a recall, the number of signatures needed are lowest in Morse’s district.

Morse’s recall effort is being spearheaded by gun-rights activists associated with the nonprofit Basic Freedom Defense Fund and the El Paso County Freedom Defense Committee. Both are working to gather signatures ahead of a June 3 filing deadline.

“It’s in my backyard, and Morse was the architect of running these gun bills through the legislature, and now I have the ability to help.”

said Laura Carno, who runs I Am Created Equal.

Read more: Sen. John Morse recall effort attracts money on both sides – The Denver Post

With Cam Edwards at NRA Meeting

With Cam Edwards at 2013 NRA Meeting

Just after my inteveriew on The Sportsman Channel with Cam Edwards, at the NRA annual meeting. Turns out Cam is the nicest guy ever.