June 3, 2013
By Charles Ashby
The Daily Sentinel
A group hoping to recall Colorado Senate President John Morse says it turned in more than double the number of signatures it needed Monday to force a recall of the El Paso County Democrat.
But if it turns out those signatures are of registered voters in Morse’s Senate District 11, the recall election that will follow won’t just be the first in the state’s history, or about a single state lawmaker, both sides of the recall effort say.
It will be a national debate over gun-control laws, specifically between New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the National Rifle Association, both of which have already spent millions of dollars on gun-control legislation in Colorado and elsewhere in the nation.
“If this ends up on the ballot, then I do think it turns into a race of national importance,” Morse said. “At that point, I won’t be surprised at all to see the other side’s current outside money being matched by outside money (against the recall). There probably will be plenty of interest in this nationally.”
State campaign finance records show that the group backing the president, A Whole Lotta People for John Morse, has already accepted thousands of dollars from the Washington, D.C.-based America Votes, a left-leaning nonprofit group that gets much of its funding from Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
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