by NW Spotlight
Colorado voters recalled two Democratic senators yesterday who had voted for unpopular gun control measures this year.
State Sen. Angela Giron and Senate President John Morse, both Democrats, are the first state lawmakers in Colorado state history to ever be recalled. They were replaced by Republicans George Rivera and Bernie Herpin.
The recalls follow a series of missteps by Colorado Democrats, some of which made national news. Two different Colorado legislative Democrats (Sen. Evie Hudak and Rep. Joe Salazar) publicly belittled rape victims during testimony on gun control, and a Colorado Democratic congresswoman embarrassed herself nationally by demonstrating her ignorance of what an ammunition magazine was – something she did feel qualified to promote legislation on even though she clearly had no idea what it was.
The Denver Post noted “The recall could have a chilling effect in other states, where Democrats have been encouraged by President Barack Obama to pass controls on guns, including background checks, limits on ammunition magazines and other measures.”
Dems outspent Republicans: The Denver Post reported on Monday that Democrats had outspent Republicans by more than 5-to-1: “Proponents of the recall have raised about $540,000, while opponents have collected nearly $3 million. Much of the cash has come from out of state.”
Both districts were overwhelmingly Democratic: John Lott, writing in the National Review, noted that “Both state-senate districts were overwhelmingly Democratic. In 2012, President Obama carried Morse’s district by 21 percentage points and Giron’s by 19 points.”