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.