Two Dems Now Face Ouster as Giron Recall Signatures Pass Muster

June 24, 2013
An effort to recall Democratic state Sen. Angela Giron won approval Monday

An effort to recall Democratic state Sen. Angela Giron cleared a key hurdle on Monday

DENVER–The recall drive against Democratic state Sen. Angela Giron won approval Monday as the Secretary of State’s office announced that the petition signatures were sufficient to proceed.

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler said that proponents had submitted 12,648 valid signatures, or 1,363 more than the 11,285 signatures needed to force a recall election.

The recall group, Pueblo Freedom and Rights, submitted a total of 13,466 signatures on its recall petitions exactly two weeks ago.

“It’s awesome,” said Victor Head, president of Pueblo Freedom and Rights, a plumber who’s leading the recall along with his brother, Adam Head, and Ernest Mascarenas. “I couldn’t be any happier.”

Giron has 15 days to file a protest challenging the petitions. If the protest fails, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper would be responsible for setting an election date, which could fall as early as September or as late the November election.

The Giron recall comes as the second such effort to clear the signature hurdle this month. Last week, Gessler announced that the drive to recall Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) had submitted about 3,000 more signatures than needed to proceed.

Both Democrats were targeted for recall by gun-rights advocates after the state legislature passed three sweeping gun-control laws in the wake of mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut. The laws are scheduled to take effect July 1.

Pueblo United for Angela, which is fighting the recall effort, has estimated that a recall election would burden taxpayers with a tab that could hit $250,000.

“A small but vocal group of people are trying to force us all to foot the bill for an expensive taxpayer-funded recall election. All because they don’t agree with Angela’s support of common-sense public safety measures,” says a post on the pro-Giron website.

Recall proponents have called such arguments ironic, given that two Colorado companies that manufacture firearms accessories have announced they plan to relocate in reaction to the gun-control measures, taking with them jobs and tax revenue.

“It’s kind of weird for them to only care about money–I mean, it’s like they’re saying, ‘To hell with freedom and rights and fair elections,’” said Head.

If Giron does file a protest, as expected, Head pointed out that such a challenge would require an expenditure by the Secretary of State.

“I mean, how much money is the Secretary of State’s office going to have to spend?” he said. “I just think it’s a little ridiculous that all of a sudden they care about money.”

The three gun-control measures, signed by the governor in March, would restrict ammunition magazines to 15 rounds; mandate background checks for all sales and transfers, including temporary transfers, and require gun buyers to pay for their own background checks.

A hearing on a lawsuit challenging the first two bills is scheduled for July 10. Opponents have asked for a preliminary injunction against the magazine ban, said David Kopel, the attorney representing a group that includes 55 of 62 Colorado sheriffs in the lawsuit.

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10 Responses to Two Dems Now Face Ouster as Giron Recall Signatures Pass Muster

  1. concerned
    June 24, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    How in the world did they collect signatures that were 95% valid? I have never seen such a high percentage of valid signatures — has anyone else?

    • Gene Young
      June 24, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      It is called being honest. Inform the petition signer of the legal responsibilities in signing and let them make up their own mind as to sign or not. I know this is a novel concept for most progressives and Democrats!

    • Ron
      June 25, 2013 at 9:36 am

      These guys were very smart in the way they did the petitions.

    • Bob Terry
      June 25, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      It is being honest forthright and not allowing, bogus people to be counted… period.. Unlike other “petitions” that are rammed through with no thought or care.

      They had the act together… Volunteers…not paid Hacks

    • Tom Ready
      June 30, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      The reason the so many names were valid is that a computer was used to check with the Secy of State’s web page to see if the person lived in Dist. #3 and to see how that persons name was listed. No one was allowed to sign other wise.

  2. Ron
    June 24, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Very good job. I just heard on the radio than 23% of the people that signed the Giron recall petition were in fact Democrats! Going after guns was a big mistake for the Colorado Democrats.

  3. P. Forristall
    June 24, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    FANTASTIC! There are at least TWO more that should be ousted. As well as our LIBTARD Senators….UDALL and BENNET.

  4. Loyde Neal
    June 24, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    I’m a Democrat and I’m pissed at Gov. Hickenlooper and all the other Democrats that Voted for Gun Control. I’m for the Recall I think it should be expanded to Gov. Hickenlooper and everyother law maker that signed the bill. We have more important things to worry about. Jobs, Education, Health Care, Homelessness, and Mental Health. Leave the Guns alone!

  5. Robyn Parker
    June 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I hope these politicians – who work for us – are paying attention to this. They CAN and WILL be fired if they don’t do their job!


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