Thanks to the Daily Kos, the left’s favorite news source, Cheap Seats now knows how national Democrats plan to frame the Sept. 10 recall election of state Sens. John Morse and Angela Giron.
“NRA’s Colorado recall is full-speed ahead” declares the headline of a July 19 article by the site’s founder, Markos “Kos” Moulitsas.
We hate to spoil a good left-wing narrative with an inconvenient truth, but here goes: While the National Rifle Association may decide at some point to get involved with the recalls, so far the NRA has been MIA in Colorado.
The NRA has spent a grand total of $985.20 to date on the Morse recall campaign. That’s less than the gang at Mainstream Colorado, the Senate Democrats’ 527 committee, has spent this year on restaurants.
Mainstream Colorado has donated a combined $38,000 to the Morse and Giron anti-recall drives, both of which are hauling in money hand over fist. A Whole Lot of People for John Morse has raked in more than $160,000, while Pueblo United for Angela has raised about $93,000.
Meanwhile, organizers at Pueblo Freedom and Rights had to use volunteers to round up enough signatures to put Giron on the ballot because they couldn’t afford to hire paid petition-circulators. The group has raised less than $37,000, none of it from the NRA.
If anyone’s benefiting from national special interests, it’s Morse and Giron, whose anti-recall groups have received $35,000 each from the Sixteen Thirty Fund in Washington, D.C. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns has also weighed in with pro-gun control ads that began running in Denver last week.
We at Cheap Seats expect Kos to campaign furiously against the recalls over the next two months, but we also understand that he probably doesn’t get to Colorado much. So here’s a helpful tip: Instead of trying to blame the recalls on the NRA, which nobody here believes, give credit where credit is due.
The truth is that the recall campaign was driven by ordinary Coloradans who own guns and support the Second Amendment. That’s it. You can disagree with them, and you can try to convince people outside the state that the recalls are an NRA plot. But Colorado voters know better.