Skip to comments.Recall of anti-2nd Amendment Colorado Senate President John Morse Succeeds
Posted on 06/07/2013 6:09:46 PM PDT by marktwain
Signature totals greater than number of votes cast for Morse's election
Colorado Springs, CO, June 4, 2013, The Basic Freedom Defense Fund (BFDF - www.bfdf.org), the Colorado grassroots group heading the recall of State Senate President John Morse (D - Colorado Springs), announced that they have submitted 16,046 District 11 voter petition signatures to the Colorado Secretary of States' office for the recall of John Morse. This exceeds both the 7,178 signatures necessary and also exceeds the total number of votes (13,451) cast for Morse during his 2010 election.
The results of this historic recall effort were achieved despite the efforts of NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, Morse's robo calls to voters, false attacks on signature collectors' reputations and Morse's political machine headed by Ed Hall, Chairman of the Denver Democrats and filing agent for Morse's anti-recall group "A Whole Lot of People for John Morse." Hall is known for his Democrat Party biography referring to Colorado Springs as a " right-wing, religious whack-job stronghold."*
The submitted petition signatures and addresses will be verified by the Secretary of State. It is expected that Democrats will further challenge remaining signatures, possibly including court challenges to draw out the process. If the count still exceeds 7,178 after this, Morse will be given five working days from that time to decide whether or not to resign his office.
If Morse resigns within the five-day period, state Democrats can appoint a replacement from their ranks. If he does not resign, a date for the special election is set. In that event, it is possible that the Governor and Democrat Party may try to extend it to November so as to prepare a campaign to try to save Morse.
In a recent Colorado Springs interview Morse stated he will not resign and is in now until the bitter end. Colorado Democrat Party Chairman Rick Palacio of Pueblo denied rumors that state democrats may ask Morse to step down so that they may replace him with appointee Michael Merrifield, though Palacio later stated in the same interview that Merrifield as a replacement is a possibility. Such a move risks public backlash as it could be perceived as both ignoring the electorates wishes and taking an even harder stance against gun rights since Merrifield has served as a state director for Mayor Bloombergs gun-banning group Mayors Against Illegal Guns - positions that inspired the Morse recall effort.
"Regardless of the outcome and any posturing by Morse, he is going to be removed from his senate position one way or another due to his anti-constitutional beliefs and demonstrated actions." --Anthony Garcia, BFDF spokesman.
*Note: Should Ed Hall scrub his anti-Colorado Springs remark from his website biography, BFDF has saved the link and it is available from BFDF (see media contact below).
More information about BFDF is available at the BFDF website, www.bfdf.org.
The Basic Freedom Defense Fund
10 Town Plaza #405
Durango, CO, 81301
Still awaiting for the official valid signature count from the Colorado Secretary of State. Should be a slam dunk since they got more than 122% over the required signatures.
...16,046 District 11 voter petition signatures to the Colorado Secretary of States' office for the recall of John Morse. This exceeds both the 7,178 signatures necessary and also exceeds the total number of votes (13,451) cast for Morse during his 2010 election.
Had my hopes up there. The headline indicates the recall succeeded. Step in the right direction, though.
You Coloradans are doing an outstanding job. This recall is a good way to take out the garbage.
When I was in local government, we recalled a number of rats and sent a few to state prison.
Not yet it hasn't.