Colorado Recalls: Democracy in Action

Barack_Obama_shootingBy Wes Fisher @WesFisherVA

In a surprising feat of conservative grassroots activism, two Democratic Colorado State Senators have been replaced by Republicans after recall elections on Tuesday. State Senate President John Morse and Senator Angela Giron both lost bids to keep their seats after pro-gun activists gathered enough signatures to force a recall ballot.
This comes as a backlash from the stricter gun laws that the two championed in response to mass shooting that have occurred recently, especially the movie theater shooting in Aurora, CO. Morse was defeated by a narrow 51-49% while Giron lost by a wider 56-44% margin. These results are in spite of the almost 3 million dollars that poured into the incumbents campaigns, mostly from out of state and including almost 300,000 from New York City May or Michael Bloomberg’s PAC. While the Democrats still maintain control of the Senate with 18 seats to the GOP’s 17, the two Republican victories are being heralded as a win for gun-rights activists nationwide to set an example for any legislator who pursue an extreme gun control agenda.
Setting gun control aside, these recalls, the first in Colorado history, should be appreciated by activists on both sides of the aisle as a testament to the repercussions that a lawmaker can face when he or she is pushing an agenda that conflicts with what the people of the districts want. Far too often in politics it is forgotten that those elected are intended to represent everyone in their district, not just those of their own political party. In essence, the recalls in Colorado are a testament that regular people who take part in their government can have an impact on politics that is much greater than millions of dollars from special interest groups. One thing’s for sure: the democratic process is alive and well in The United States.

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