John Morse, Angelo Giron recalled: Celebrating conservatives, lamenting progressives
Late last night, it became official: Senator John Morse and Representative Angela Giron lost recall elections prompted by their support of firearms-control bills. The defeats thrilled gun-rights groups and conservatives, while disappointing progressives who'd recently rejoiced over the measures' passage. Below, get reactions from the National Rifle Association, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and Compass Colorado on one side of the issue, Governor John Hickenlooper, ProgressNow Colorado and the state Democratic Party on the other.
Statement from the National Rifle Association:
A historic grassroots effort by voters in Colorado's Senate Districts 11 and 3 has resulted in the recall of Colorado Senate President John Morse (D) and Senator Angela Giron (D). The people of Colorado Springs and Pueblo sent a clear message to their elected officials that their primary job is to defend our rights and freedoms and that they are accountable to their constituents - not the dollars or social engineering agendas of anti-gun billionaires.
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Recall proceedings began earlier this year after Sens. Morse and Giron voted for anti-gun legislation that restricted the ability of law-abiding residents to exercise their Second Amendment rights, including their inherent right to self-defense. This effort was driven by concerned citizens, who made phone calls, knocked on doors, and worked diligently to turn voters out in this historic effort.
The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to have stood with the men and women in these legislative districts who sent a clear message that their Second Amendment rights are not for sale in Colorado. We look forward to working with NRA-PVF "A" rated and endorsed Bernie Herpin (R) from Colorado Springs and NRA-PVF "AQ" rated and endorsed George Rivera (R) from Pueblo in the Colorado State Senate.
"Our democracy gives the people the right to vote for their elected representatives.... Voters in two Senate districts have spoken. We are certainly disappointed by the outcome of the recall elections.
"It's now time we refocus again on what unites Coloradans -- creating jobs, educating our children, creating a healthier state -- and on finding ways to keep Colorado moving forward."
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