Recall ad blisters Sen. John Morse on per diem


By Lynn Bartels

The Denver Post

A new ad supporting the recall of Senate President  dings him over  he charged during the off session in 2009.

It’s no surprise the Colorado Springs Democrat was hit with an ad on the topic, although the spot never mentions that a bipartisan committee investigating the per diem dismissed an ethics complaint filed against Morse.

The 30-second ad will begin airing Thursday.

“Sen. Morse, you charged us for days you got your hair cut, and when you went golfing. We didn’t elect you to be king, Sen. Morse,” GOP activist says in the spot.

Morse and a fellow Democrat,  of Pueblo, face separate recall elections on Sept. 10 in their Senate districts over their support for gun-control bills in the 2013 session.


A new ad supporting the recall of Senate President John Morse (Rockchalkmediademo via YouTube)

A new ad supporting the recall of Senate President John Morse (Rockchalkmediademo via YouTube)

The per diem ethics complaint was filed in 2011 concerning expenses filed in 2009. All lawmakers are eligible to collect daily per diem during the 120-day legislative session, and Morris in 2009 was one of 11 lawmakers to bill for the full 120 days.

But lawmakers in certain leadership positions also are eligible to charge $99 a day in the off-session for days they handle legislative matters, and it was that per diem that was the focus of the complaint. Morse, then the majority leader, billed for leadership pay for 206 days out of 239 off-session days, according to records.

Morse said at the time he could have blocked out his personal activities, such as golfing and getting a haircut, when his records were sought, but didn’t want to look like he was hiding anything. But his billing for 206 days stood out because the Senate president billed for only 143 days and the House speaker for 111 days.

The ad is the work of , which Carno said she formed to “set the record straight on the relationship between and citizens and their government.”

See the original post here.