Morse Scrambles to Fight Recall by Calling on Help from Boston, San Francisco

June 19, 2013
Morse urged out-of-state supporters to help him keep his Colorado Springs legislative seat

Morse urged out-of-state supporters to help him keep his Colorado Springs legislative seat

DENVER–Senate President John Morse issued a national plea for help to out-of-state supporters from Boston to San Francisco as Colorado Democrats went on the offensive Tuesday to save him from a recall vote.

A spokeswoman for A Whole Lot of People for John Morse announced Tuesday that a protest had been filed to nullify the recall petitions within hours after the Colorado Secretary of State’s office declared that the petitions were sufficient to force a recall election.

Meanwhile, Morse urged out-of-state supporters to help him keep his Colorado Springs legislative seat by donating their money and time.

“[A]ny help that you can give us in fundraising or in volunteering, even from around the country, truthfully,” said Morse in a video message. “We can get phone lists to you and things like that and have you help from Boston, Massachusetts, or from San Francisco, California. So thanks for all that you’ve done so far and thanks for all that you’re going to do as we move forward to take on this tiger.”

The message, posted Monday on the Facebook page A Whole Lot of People for John Morse, underscores the national prominence of the recall fight, which is being viewed as a referendum on gun rights.

Paul Paradis, one of the recall organizers, accused Morse of trying to combat the will of those living in the Colorado Springs district with out-of-state interest groups.

“He’s trying to get other states to run this district, pure and simple,” said Paradis. “We want someone who’s going to represent our side of town, not Los Angeles, not New York.”

His group, the El Paso Freedom Defense Committee, warned in a Facebook post that, “Morse has the money and the political machine, we have the people.”

“Make no mistake, this is the front-line of a national battle,” said the Tuesday post. “DC is watching to see what happens here. There is a reason the DC-based Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee has joined Morse to fight against us here in Colorado.”

The Morse campaign’s first line of defense is to avoid a recall election. The protest filed Tuesday contends that the petitions are void because they failed to include a demand for the election of a successor, as required by the Colorado Constitution.

“The Constitution is clear, just as the courts are clear: no recall petition is valid without this specific language,” said Mark Grueskin, who represents the constituent filing the protest. “This requirement makes sense.  After all, these recall proponents held out the bait of a recall of Sen. Morse without alerting petition signers to what comes next–an expensive election to designate a successor for just one year.”

Paradis, the owner of Paradise Sales in Colorado Springs, said he wasn’t surprised by the protest.

“We all knew they were going to challenge something,” said Paradis. “I think the courts are going to look at it like a technicality. But I think the will of the people speaks for itself.”

The Secretary of State’s office announced Tuesday that the recall committee had submitted 10,137 valid signatures, well in excess of the 7,178 needed to qualify for the recall ballot. The committee submitted more than 16,000 signatures two weeks ago.

“Barring a successful protest, at the conclusion of the protest period, the governor will be responsible for setting an election date,” said Secretary of State Scott Gessler in a statement. “The election date will be held between 45-75 days from the end of the protest period.”

Speculation is rife that Morse may resign, but recall organizers said in their Tuesday post that they expect him to fight for his seat.

“Unless Morse is offered some political prize, we expect him to fight,” said the Facebook post. “He thinks everyone likes what he does and is shocked and amazed when anyone dares question his actions. We dare and we do.”

Comments made by visitors are not representative of The Colorado Observer staff.

10 Responses to Morse Scrambles to Fight Recall by Calling on Help from Boston, San Francisco

  1. SPQR
    June 19, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Typical of the brazen hypocrisy as Morse stood in front of a sign decrying “Outside” influence for TV interviews.

  2. Rebel
    June 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Mark Grueskin is up to his old tricks. Let us hope he loses this one.

  3. Rick Jason
    June 19, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Morse be doing his calling by means of butt-dialing because he’s all butt and no brains.

  4. Jason
    June 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    This should tell you all you need to know about where his loyalties lie, and it’s not with Colorado. Even more reason he should be recalled. Maybe if he spent more time pandering to Coloradoans instead of liberal elitists from out of state, he wouldn’t be in this position.

  5. Eagle1
    June 20, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Perhaps the good conservatives of Colorado should “volunteer” for Morse by making calls. We’ll get their “lists” and then simply give the folks the real truth about Morse. The Morse campaign will think that they are covering a lot of ground by all of these volunteers, plus we”ll keep the lists out of the hands of his supporters. Sounds like Chicago or maybe Bloomberg style tactics right? Fight fire with an inferno.

  6. Bob Terry
    June 20, 2013 at 9:26 am

    A Political machine … he has that is this how Colorado Governs now a political machine… New York State California Illinois… We really want to live by those values… Fight Colorado This guy is a Hack and an has no interest but more government… and stated doesn’t matter what the people or my constituents feel or think. If these outside monies have so much interest in Colorado,, why are their own states so messed up…Democrat Republican….you are to represent US the people of Colorado Not outside interests and gain… and they wonder why people don’t trust government… A snake oil salesman has more integrity

  7. rlloyd
    June 21, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    The quicker this infidel is gone the better. First he was not worried about recall, now I guess he has changed his tune, and whining like a dog.

  8. June 24, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I saw a great bumper sticker the other day. “RE-call-MORSE.” I’ve heard of buyer’s remorse, but this voter’s remorse is legit.


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The Complete Colorado
Colorado Peak Politics - Sometimes Unruly. Always Conservative.

Visitor Poll

Should illegal immigrant kids flooding the border be housed in Colorado?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

The Colorado Observer