A week from today, voters in Colorado will be offered the opportunity to recall two state senators who voted for increased gun control in the wake of the shootings at Newtown. We hope that they will take it.
Ripe for the chopping block are Angela Giron, of Pueblo, and senate president John Morse, of Colorado Springs. Both ignored the will of their constituents and pushed for limits on the size of magazines and the extension of background checks to private sales. Now they may lose their jobs.
The recall movement, conversely, most definitely is. Its representatives are neither monomaniacs nor traditional political operatives. Both of the groups at the head of the charge formed in response to the vote, and both are composed mostly of formerly apolitical citizens. Both outfits, too, have attracted considerable support from across the political spectrum, bringing into the fold a considerable number of Democrats, independents, and unions, too, including a former president of AFSCME. If you want to support the effort, you can do so here.
Yet it will not be easy. They are up against significant financial and political opposition: Michael Bloomberg, who was involved in the laws’ passage, recently wrote a $350,000 check to an anti-recall group, and billionaire Eli Broad has contributed $250,000 of his own.
The billionaires can write all the checks they like, but that doesn’t make their agenda popular. Since he signed the measures, Governor Hickenlooper’s approval rating has dropped 16 points, while the legislature has become sufficiently unpopular to prompt a state pollster, Ciruli Associates, to observe that there is a “a full-scale revolt going on right now in Colorado.” The Washington Times put it more bluntly: “Voters appear to be having a case of buyers’ remorse.” The state of Colorado has a generous return policy. Voters should make the most of it.