DENVER – After voters recalled former Democrat Senate President John Morse, he appears to have found a new calling – influencing Coloradans to “support principled leaders” especially those who support gun control legislation.
Morse announced Thursday that he is now founder and president of Americans for Principled Leadership, a nonprofit committee that was registered Oct. 14 with the Secretary of State’s office.
“The Tea Party Republicans in Colorado are seeking yet another recall election, and are rumored to be considering four more for a total of seven,” asserted Morse in a letter explaining the need for his 501(c)4 committee.
Morse said the goal of Tea Party Republicans is to “steal senate seats and gain the majority using special elections with extremely low turnout because they can’t win general elections with high voter participation.”
The Americans for Principled Leadership organization plans “to educate Americans on the benefits of having principled leaders in elected office and provide support for current and upcoming principled leaders,” he said.
Morse defined principled leaders as those” keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals and domestic violence offenders and ensuring more massacres like Aurora and Sandy Hook don’t happen.”
“We need more of it both to make the United States safer from gun violence and to move our country forward on many other issues from immigration to tax cuts focused on the middle class instead of the rich,” said Morse.
Judging by Morse’s criteria, recall-embroiled Democrat Sen. Evie Hudak might be aided by his committee — which critics say could serve as a conduit for out-of-state campaign contributions.
“It’s no surprise that Morse will be bailed out again by his new best friend, (former New York City Mayor) Michael Bloomberg,” said Jeff Crank, president of the Aegis Strategic, a political consulting team. “(Morse) will be as successful in defending other gun grabbers as he was defending himself from free citizens.”
“Taking Coloradans’ gun rights has proven harder than they thought,” said Crank. “Like touching a hot stove, most Democrats have learned their lesson in Colorado so gun-grabbin’ John has a tough row to hoe.”
Morse and former Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) were recalled in September for ramming through a series of liberal bills including stringent gun-control regulations. The two were unable to hang on to their seats, despite hefty campaign contributions from Bloomberg and other well-heeled, left-leaning, out-of-state activists.
“I’m glad ex-Senator Morse continues to remind Coloradans that liberal leadership means arrogance and ignoring constituents,” said Sean Bartley, a political consultant who worked on the campaign to elect Sen. Bernie Herpin (R-Colorado Springs).
“We must refocus this nation on principled leadership and move away from ideological posturing. Let’s stop being embarrassed by our elected officials,” declared the former senator.
Morse reminded his supporters of his message on the night of the election when he was recalled.
“We are not judged by how we are knocked down, but rather by how we get back up,” said Morse. “How are we going to get back up? We build on the momentum we created to fill the longing Americans have for principled leadership. “
“Former Senator Morse and I have different opinions of what makes a principled leader,” said Laura Carno of the I Am Created Equal organization that worked to recall Morse. “I believe people should make decisions for themselves – not government.”
Hudak is fighting a recall effort led by Mike Alpine of the Recall Hudak campaign.
During a hearing on a bill to ban guns on college campuses in the legislature, Hudak told a rape victim that despite having weapon training and a concealed carry permit, the young woman likely wouldn’t have been able to protect herself with a gun. The bill was withdrawn in the wake of her controversial remarks, but other gun-control measures passed and were signed into law by Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper.