Skip to comments.Mayor Bloomberg Has a Different, More Bloomberg-Friendly Interpretation of the Colorado Recall
Posted on 09/18/2013 4:17:30 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Last week's successful recall of two Colorado state senators who had voted to enshrine two new gun-control initiatives into state law has been widely seen as a victory for the NRA and a major setback for the gun-control movement. Mayor Bloomberg, in particular, spent $350,000 to support one of the recalled senators, and his anti-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, sent staffers to help in the effort. But in a press conference today, Bloomberg offered a markedly different take on the election: "The NRA lost." Bloomberg argued that not only are the gun-control laws still in force, but that the recall of two measly state senators was fairly meaningless:
"Nineteen senators stood up to the special interest pressures and voted to pass a gun background check on all gun sales. Instead of challenging all the members that voted for the bill, the NRA picked out four of the most vulnerable and tried to mount a recall election against them," Bloomberg said. "They failed to get enough signatures for two of the four They did get enough signatures of two cherry picked races that -- including one against someone who was term limited -- leaving office in three months anyway -- and they funded a major campaign to go after them."
Bloomberg further noted that the recall campaign involved all sorts of issues beyond gun control, which is true. One of the victorious Republicans even admitted as much:
Republican Senate candidate and former Pueblo deputy police chief George Rivera, said Giron had been hurt by her support for other laws, including legislation to allow cities in the Denver area to draw water from the Arkansas River basin at the expense of local communities.
Now, obviously, the NRA didn't "lose," exactly. There were two senators up for recall, and they were both recalled, which is what the NRA wanted and is what Bloomberg did not want. But Bloomberg does make a compelling case for a more nuanced interpretation of the overall recall effort.
Something’s dripping off my leg. And it’s not raining.
I'm afraid he's largely correct.
The Laws are still there with no serious move for repeal.
Most politicians are in safely gerrymanded districts and have not much to fear.
They did get enough signatures of two cherry picked races that -- including one against someone who was term limited -- leaving office in three months anyway -- and they funded a major campaign to go after them."
These two are the sponsors of the bill. Morse was the Colorado equivalent of Dingy Harry, the Senate president. The funding came from Victor Head's grandmother - he borrowed $4,000 from her to file the petitions. NRA ran a few ads, that's all. And Morse is term limited, his term ends next summer. So he would have had one more session to do his dirty deeds.
The magazine ban and background checks got all the national press. The "move our voters to where they are needed" law was another biggie, along with some environmental crap that really screws northeast Colorado.
Took down the Senate President, and they lost? Uh huh.
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners filed a lawsuit yesterday. All is not lost yet. 56 sheriffs are backing another lawsuit.
Jaime Lannister: Three victories don’t make you a conquerer.
Robb Stark: It’s better than three defeats.
sure, it’meant nothing, that’s why you felt compelled to outspend the challengers five to one, mikey dikey.
Bloomberg may be “right” as far as his pea-brain argument is concerned, but a sitting State Senate head got bounced and a leftist shit from a safe district got seriously canned.
It is the “recall process” as a tactical weapon for conservatives that Bloomberg refuses to recognize. But it could happen in the New York State legislature where there are some incredibly crazy libs who need a new form of employment or unemployment.
If a little blood in the water can bring out more conservative sharks to go after the Left, just call me “JAWS” and point me in the right way.
We have a Democratic thug and crook in Virginia named Terry McAuliffe to make into ocean Su-Shi so I’m just sitting here sharpening my teeth like Mac The Knife, yelling, “Bring him on, I’m hungry”.
I always get a kick out of the frail, quavery sound of leftist extremists whistling in the dark.
Okay --- Bloomie lost 2 recall races even though he outspent 8:1 against a true grass-roots movement, one lead by a plumber with hand-painted recall signs. The incumbent governor is polling well under 50% for reelection against all comers including one nobody outside of Colorado ever heard of.
But Bloomie thinks his gun control movement is doing alright. Amazing.
(I shouldn't be so critical, since it's worked out so well for him -- heck, Bloomberg should spend billions of his money on ads for gun control, and do it all over the country!)
This guy is a financial guru? He spends a third of a million on a race whose outcome doesn't matter? C'mon, dickhead, come up with some more convincing post-screwing spin than that.
Well, I guess he's gotta have a friend, and he's the only guy willing to take the job.
The NRA had nothing to do with the picking. They only helped later on and then only a little. This was a true grass roots movement.