Colorado’s state senate president is fighting an effort to recall him with an incumbent’s dream slogan: “Better to be Safe than Sorry.”
Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron, both headed for Colorado’s two historic recall elections Sept. 10, gave 300 word statements to the county clerks for both El Paso County and Pueblo County, where the recalls will be held. The statements will be included, along with he arguments of those who want to throw Morse and Giron out of office, on the recall ballots.
Morse and Giron were targeted for their support of tough new gun control legislation, specifically a law that limits the number of rounds in ammunition magazines and one requiring universal background checks.
The recall elections are the first in Colorado history and Morse and Giron tried everything from administrative challenges to courtroom fights to try to stop them. In the end, whether they stay or go may well come down to the statements printed on the ballot.
Of the statements, Morse’s is the most colorful. All four were printed in their entirety in the Denver Post.
“Vote NO on the out-of-state billionaires and extremists who are wasting $150,000 of our tax money and spending millions on a negative campaign to recall your twice-elected senator, John Morse,” he begins, before summarizing his history in law enforcement and public safety. The message ends with a list of reasons voters should not recall him.
“Join John in voting NO to protect our kids,” the statement reads. “Vote NO on felons and spouse abusers buying guns. Say NO to extremists.”
“Vote NO on recalling John Morse because it is Better to be Safe than Sorry,” the statement concludes.
Giron defends herself by recapping her legislative achievements. Hers is the only statement that doesn’t mention guns.
Both statements in opposition to the lawmakers single them out for supporting the gun control legislation and claim that they have trampled on their constituents’ Second Amendment rights.
“Despite having sworn to support and uphold the Constitution of the United States and of Colorado, [Morse] has shown contempt for the constitutional liberties of the people he represents,” reads the “Statement of Grounds for the Recall of Senator John Morse.”
Recall proponents added that Morse introduced a bill that would have made gun sellers and manufacturers liable for any damage they caused. Morse killed the bill when it was clear that even some Democrats thought it went too far.
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