Why Not Attempt a Third Recall in Colorado’s State Senate?

by Jim Geraghty

Out in Colorado, an effort to recall another state senator is underway, this time targeting two-term Democrat Evie Hudak.

You may recall Hudak telling a rape victim that her statistics were incorrect during a hearing on Colorado’s gun laws. The Denver Post later found that Hudak’s statistics were incorrect, declaring, “the episode made Hudak look like she cared not a whit for a rape victim,” and Hudak apologized for “insensitivity.”

A Post columnist now argues that recalling Hudak would be good news for the Democrats:

When the Democrats last week selected ultra-lib Morgan Carroll to be Senate president, they all but ensured a lefty agenda that is bound to result in some uncomfortable moments for a governor of a state that isn’t always as blue as some would have you think.

Democrats, even after seeing two of their brethren in the state senate recalled over guns, will not moderate their to-do list.

The point is, a divided legislature holds the agenda in check. If you’re [incumbent Democratic governor John] Hickenlooper, that’s a good thing.

If I’m understanding the argument, it’s that Hudak’s foes should stand down and let her remain in office so that the Democrats can enact a far-left agenda that will endanger all of them in 2014 . . . rather than beat Hudak and rack up a third recall victory.

But if the liberal agenda is as “uncomfortable” for Hickenlooper as it seems, it’s hard to believe that a split state senate would save him.

Organizers have 48 days to collect about 18,000 valid signatures in a state-senate district encompassing Westminster and Arvada. Hudak seems like a natural target, as she won just 51 percent of the vote in 2008 and won last year, 46.9 percent to 46.4 percent.