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Gun Control Supporters Lose Special Elections In Colorado

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September 12, 2013

Gun Control Supporters Lose Special Elections In Colorado

By Ben Romans

In a special election Tuesday, voters in Colorado ousted two key supporters of statewide gun control measures, state Democrats John Morse of Pueblo and Angela Giron of Colorado Springs, replacing both with Republican candidates.

This article in the New York Times says that while the election was confined to two districts in the southern portion of the state and does not affect the state’s gun laws (passed earlier this year in reaction to mass shootings at a Colorado movie theater and the tragedy at a Connecticut elementary school), it does send a warning to moderate lawmakers voting for tougher gun laws.

Colorado is one of 19 states that allow voters to recall state officials through special elections, without any evidence of fraud or misconduct. Both campaigns reportedly drew support from out-of-state interests. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg personally donated $350,000 to Giron’s campaign fund, which in conjunction with Morse’s, reached $3 million. In contrast, the National Rifle Association donated $362,000 total to Giron and Morse’s opposition.

 

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from CL3 wrote 30 weeks 6 days ago

"The highest rank in a democracy is citizen, not senate president," Morse said in his concession speech, as his supporters solemnly watched, some shedding tears.

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from coachsjike wrote 30 weeks 6 days ago

keep writing those checks mikey boy! u lose, u get nothing, good day sir!

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from DonCO wrote 30 weeks 4 days ago

Great info, Ben. However you've got the names & places mixed up. Giron is from Pueblo, Morse is from Colorado. Morse was also the state senate president.
It's a shame their recalls won't also erase what they've helped to do to Colorado gun laws.
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from CL3 wrote 30 weeks 6 days ago

"The highest rank in a democracy is citizen, not senate president," Morse said in his concession speech, as his supporters solemnly watched, some shedding tears.

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from coachsjike wrote 30 weeks 6 days ago

keep writing those checks mikey boy! u lose, u get nothing, good day sir!

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from DonCO wrote 30 weeks 4 days ago

Great info, Ben. However you've got the names & places mixed up. Giron is from Pueblo, Morse is from Colorado. Morse was also the state senate president.
It's a shame their recalls won't also erase what they've helped to do to Colorado gun laws.
Don

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