Hill, Tancredo Get Signature Gathering Help from Hudak Recallers

January 23, 2014
The grassroots army behind the Recall Hudak Two campaign has thrown its petition-circulating skills behind GOP candidates Owen Hill and Tom Tancredo

The grassroots army behind the Recall Hudak Two campaign has thrown its petition-circulating skills behind GOP candidates Owen Hill and Tom Tancredo

DENVER—The grass- roots army behind the Recall Hudak Two campaign has thrown its formidable petition-circulating skills behind Republican candidates Owen Hill and Tom Tancredo.

Recall organizer Mike McAlpine said Thursday that volunteers would gather signatures on behalf of the Republicans, who are petitioning to gain slots on the June 24 primary ballot instead of going through the state assembly.

Hill, a state senator from Colorado Springs, is seeking the Republican nomination for Senate, while former congressman Tancredo is making a bid for the GOP nod for governor.

“The same grassroots, conservative energy that led to the victories in the historic 2013 recall elections is the very same enthusiasm that will propel Tom Tancredo and Owen Hill into office,” said McAlpine in a statement. “People are excited about their genuine leadership for personal liberty, limited government, and especially their dedication to serve the people, not our corrupted government system.”

Candidates who petition onto the ballot must gather 1,500 valid signatures from registered Republican voters in each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts by March 28.

That’s a lot of signatures, but if the 2013 recall elections proved anything, it’s that hundreds of motivated volunteers equipped with iPhones can be even more effective than professional petition gatherers.

Volunteers gathering signatures in the three historic recall drives tended to gather fewer signatures than the pros, but their signatures were much more likely to prove valid.

Organizers of the recalls against state Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) insisted that volunteers check every would-be signer against the Secretary of State’s online voter-registration website. The result was that over 90 percent of the signatures were found valid, a previously unheard-of success rate.

The Hudak recallers, who launched their effort after the successful recalls of Giron and Senate President John Morse, followed the same playbook. A week before the deadline to submit signatures, state Sen. Evie Hudak (D-Arvada) resigned, and was replaced by another Democrat.

“In 2013 we the people of Colorado worked hard to remove three anti-liberty politicians from office.  In 2014 we will work just as hard to get these two great grassroots leaders elected to office,” said Brian Dotterer, a Recall Hudak organizer and Recall Giron volunteer, in a statement.

Along with Tancredo, the other candidates vying for the GOP gubernatorial nomination include state Sen. Greg Brophy (R-Wray), Secretary of State Scott Gessler, and former state Sen. Mike Kopp (R-Golden).

Competing against Hill for the Republican Senate nomination are Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck and state Rep. Amy Stephens (R-Monument).

Candidates receiving more than 30 percent of the vote from the 4,150 delegates attending the April 12 Colorado Republican State Assembly in Boulder will appear on the primary ballot.

The winner of the Republican Senate primary will face Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in the November election, while the GOP gubernatorial nominee will square off against Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

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7 Responses to Hill, Tancredo Get Signature Gathering Help from Hudak Recallers

  1. Andrew Carnegie
    January 24, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Hill is not grass roots. He is AstroTurf.
    Hill is not for the repeal of Obamacare, which is an easy litmus test for the grass roots. He wants a national referendum on it according to his campaign website. He has never beaten a democrat in any election and has already stepped on himself as a birther. No wonder he wants to avoid the caucuses. Just like Amy-care Stephens.

    • Tim
      January 26, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      Amy did the right thing in getting Colorado with a proper website and program. Given lemons, make lemonade makes sense.
      I actually think that it makes a good case for Hill if he is not for repealing the affordable Care Act–the one formulated by the Heritage Foundation, implemented by Romney in Massachusetts and now called Obamacare. ACA may be a lot better than it is portrayed, judging from the excellent Time article (issue, actually) “A Bitter Pill.” Followup articles have illuminated many positive aspects of ACA. These include the story of the cancer patient in Texas who had to prepay $83,000 and wait while the hospital made sure the check would clear and had laughed at his health policy because it would only pay $2000 a day towards hospitalization. Eliminating the exclusion of pre-existing conditions, letting offspring under 26 remain on parents insurance are all positives in my mind. I have always maintained that ACA would have been much better had Republicans worked on it instead of only trying to stop it–no matter what.
      I don’t get what you are saying about Hill stepping on himself regarding being a “birther.” Did he say Obama was born in Hawaii or was not?

      • Andrew Carnegie
        January 27, 2014 at 11:05 am


  2. Dean Barnett
    January 24, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Direct petitioning is a threat to the party’s control. I wonder how long before the party moves to deal with the threat. And then there’s the delicate question of “how”.

  3. Paul
    January 25, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Tancredo has practically disqualified himself with his gun control vote . He won’t even defend it. Senator Brophy has given me a lot to look at. My research shows he’s won the recent PPP poll and the RLC straw polls. He’s also an ardent defender of the 2nd amendment. I thought Tancredo was solid but his silence speaks volumes.

  4. Aaron
    January 25, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    If Tancredo voted for gun control, why would any Hudak recall volunteers help him?

  5. Dave
    January 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Tancredo had one bad vote on 2nd amendment issues in three terms in Congress but has more than redeemed himself since. Brophy has a bad temper, voted for in-state tuition for illegals, and for requiring a 3 foot clearance when passing a bicycle (have you ever tried to pass a bicycle doing about 4 MPH on a winding mountain road when you don’t have an adequate sight distance to cross over the double yellow line?).


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