Giron Recall Effort Delivers Petitions, Sets Stage for Second Gun Battle

June 10, 2013
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Giron is the second lawmaker who may face a voter-initiated recall after backing several controversial gun control measures

Giron is the second Democrat lawmaker who could face a voter-initiated recall

DENVER–The campaign to recall state Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) submitted thousands of signatures Monday to the Colorado Secretary of State, the second recall drive fueled by the Democratic legislature’s gun-control bills to deliver petitions in as many weeks.

“To Sen. Angela Giron: Can you hear us now?” said a Monday post on the Pueblo Freedom and Rights Facebook page.

Pueblo Freedom and Rights, the local organization running the recall, reported turning in 13,570 signatures, or 20 percent more than the 11,285 required to force a recall election.

That’s cutting it close, considering that elections experts recommend 20 percent more signatures than necessary. The organization reported using volunteer signature-gatherers, not paid professionals, which inevitably makes gaining signatures more difficult.

“PFR is a 100% grassroots effort, and these signatures were gathered by our tireless volunteers,” said the group’s Monday post. “The people of the 3rd Senate District of Colorado have sent a very clear message that they will not stand idle while their rights are stripped away.”

By comparison, the campaign to recall Senate President John Morse submitted June 3 more than double the necessary 7,178 signatures. That recall effort hired a petition company to gather signatures.

Still, organizers of the Giron recall drive said they were confident the petitions would pass muster, saying the signatures were “carefully gathered and highly reliable.”

If the signatures pass muster, Republican George Rivera, a retired Pueblo deputy chief of police, has said that he will challenge her on the recall ballot.

Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli said the recall drive comes as a reminder that passion and intensity often become more important than polls in local political contests.

“It’s a good sign that the [Giron] opponents were able to get enough signatures with just local volunteers,” said Ciruli. “It demonstrates the passion that this issue generates regardless of what the polls say.”

The Secretary of State’s office is now checking the validity of the submitted signatures. An announcement on the Morse recall is expected Friday.

If either Giron or Morse lands on the recall ballot, it would mark the first recall election of a state legislator in Colorado history. National groups on both sides of the gun-rights issue are already weighing in on what is rapidly becoming a referendum on firearms laws.

“Colorado is becoming a backdrop for this issue to play out nationally,” said Ciruli. “And there are national implications. There’s a movement afoot in Washington to bring back some of the gun bills, and they’ll be watching to see what happens here.”

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11 Responses to Giron Recall Effort Delivers Petitions, Sets Stage for Second Gun Battle

  1. Cindy
    June 10, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Bravo to those down in Pueblo area. You did it too! We up in El Paso County are glad to heard that you have more than enough against Senator Giron! Yes.

  2. concerned
    June 10, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Let’s be real No way will this qualify for the ballot. Great effort but it will fall short unfortunately.

    • Joyce
      June 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      At least they are doing something and not giving up without a fight.

  3. Larry Nutter
    June 10, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Now, everyone needs to make it to the polling place, she needs to be fired. When you sign on as a Representative, it is your job to represent your constituents. Clearly, she is being recalled because she went against the majority of his constituents. Giron was representing the interests of Slow Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg. I don’t think we elected her to represent them.

  4. June 10, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I hope we find out the people in Pueblo care about their liberty and will tell this lady that they do and she should have been more respectful of them.

  5. Finn
    June 11, 2013 at 5:16 am

    The three bills, which become law July 1, would limit ammunition-magazine capacity to 15 rounds; mandate background checks for all firearms sales and transfers, including temporary transfers; and require gun buyers to pay for their own background checks. Seems hardly like a striping of rights but limitations of safety and excessiveness.

    This recall speaks volumes of the lobbying money thrown to snuff out opposition at the point of origin before it spreads nationally. The law has passed and the Senator done her duty when all Republicans failed to step up to the plate of a pitching tyrant.

  6. Gordon Ferris
    June 13, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Recall is the process that the public can keep elected officials in check. Three cheers for the good people that signed the petition and are running the recall. Those folks are true Americans.

  7. lonnie
    June 14, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Way to go colorado show these liberty hating anti gunners they work for u or they dont work in colorado. Their suppost to represent you not bloomburg and the anti idiots like slow biden. Oust them all from the state then get ready for the republican revolution of 2014, work hard regesturing all gun owners drag them to the polls if u have to. Sending a definitive message is vital in order to put these gun grabbing commies in their rightfull place. Again way to go may god speed be with you.

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