Hick: Outside Gun Control Groups Should ‘Probably’ Stay Out of Hudak Recall Drive

October 15, 2013
Hickenlooper said it is “probably not a bad idea” for Bloomberg to stay out of the campaign to recall state Sen. Evie Hudak (D-Westminster)

Hickenlooper said it is “probably not a bad idea” for Bloomberg to stay out of the recall campaign

DENVER—Gov. John Hickenlooper moved Sunday to discourage out-of-state gun-control advocates from jumping into the latest recall drive, suggesting their involvement hurts more than it helps.

He said it’s “probably not a bad idea” for gun-control advocates like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to stay out of the campaign to recall state Sen. Evie Hudak (D-Westminster).

“Colorado is a state that people like to be resourceful themselves and solve their own problems,” Hickenlooper said in a video interview with USA Today.

“They don’t really like outside organizations meddling in their affairs, and maybe the NRA gets a pass on that,” Hickenlooper added.

Hickenlooper was in Washington, D.C., over the weekend to participate in the Hero Summit, sponsored by The Daily Beast website and billed as “an invitation-only live journalism event featuring panel discussions and interviews with some of the world’s most influential figures.”

Bloomberg became a persona non grata in Colorado this year during the campaigns to recall Democratic state Sens. Angela Giron and John Morse, triggered by their votes in favor of gun-control bills pushed by Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

His recent comments to Time magazine probably won’t improve his popularity in Colorado. In the Oct. 21 issue, he dismisses the loss of the two Democratic Senate seats as little more than collateral damage.

“What do you mean we lost?” Bloomberg told Time. “I’m sorry for those two people. But we won in Colorado. On to the next state.”

Bloomberg did donate $350,000 to defend Morse and Giron, but both Democrats lost their seats in the Sept. 10 recall election, despite outspending the recallers by a margin of about 6 to 1.

Buoyed by the success of the recalls, another group launched a recall campaign last week against Hudak, who also voted in favor of the three gun-control bills passed by the state legislature and signed into law in March.

Organizers of that effort, Recall Hudak Too, need to collect valid 18,300 signatures to force a recall by Dec. 3. That’s more than the Morse recall, which needed 7,178 signatures, or the Giron recall, which required 11,285 to qualify for the ballot.

Both the Morse and Giron camps were able to submit signatures well in excess of those required. Asked whether he thought the latest recall campaign would meet the signature threshold, Hickenlooper gave it a 50-50 chance.

He added, “I didn’t think they’d get enough signatures for the first two, but they’re well-funded and there’s a lot of energy behind this, a lot of frustration.”

It’s unclear whether the Hudak recall is well-funded, given that organizers are using volunteers to collect signatures, not paid petition-circulators. The campaign posted a response to Hickenlooper’s remarks Monday on its Facebook page.

“Aw, whatsamatter Hickenlooper—you running scared? You should be … Perhaps you should apply some more thought to bills you sign instead of being Bloomberg’s puppet,” said the post.

Hickenlooper said Democrats lost the first two recalls in part because “we weren’t able to get those facts out about background checks to the public.”

“I do think that again, getting the real facts out on some of these issues and universal background checks is not the ogre, it’s not the evil, demonic taking of guns that it’s been presented as,” said HIckenlooper.

He added that he isn’t thrilled with the recall approach, but that he acknowledges the ability of citizens to recall legislators.

“Certainly the Founding Fathers anticipated recalls, and it’s been part of our system since the very beginning,” said Hickenlooper “I accept recalls–I think it’s a very expensive and inefficient way to pick your leadership.”

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One Response to Hick: Outside Gun Control Groups Should ‘Probably’ Stay Out of Hudak Recall Drive

  1. Jill
    October 22, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Hudak needs to be recalled because the gun legislation she push through only attacks law abiding gun owners. The law that forces people to get background checks for private gun sales is costing $40 to sell a $100 22 small game rifle. Most gun shops will not do the check and the few that will are charging up to $40. Also if the buyer fails the background check the owner may have to get a background check to get his property back. The reason for this is the gun store has to take the gun being sold into his inventory. If this is the case the owner of the gun will have to get a background check to get the gun back. It may cost as much as $80 to try to sell your $100 to $150 gun. Hudak pushed this legislation through even though all 62 sheriffs in Colorado told her it would not effect criminals and only hurt the law abiding citizen. She wanted to hurt gun owners in pushing these laws. She only listened to out of state Billionaires like Bloomberg and not the people of Colorado. Bloomberg just pushed a law in New York to where you can only have 7 rounds in your gun magazine. So the 15 rounds Hudak and Bloomberg are allowing you to have in Colorado will soon be 7. Work to recall Hudak and keep Colorado free


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